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Entry-Level Baker Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Bakers pull down an average of $10.03 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Over a third enjoy medical while between a fifth and a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a sixth. Most Entry-Level Bakers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Baker Salary (?
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$19,585 - $45,084
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MEDIAN: $27,997
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Entry-Level Baker Salary (?
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$7.97 - $13.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,585 - $45,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $896  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,774 - $30,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $13.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $3.12  
Overtime
$10.52 - $20.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $896  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,774 - $30,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 985
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Baker

Dominating the field, Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Panera LLC, and The Fresh Market, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Bakers. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $36K, Panera LLC still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $25K.
Salaries are easily beat at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where median pay comes to just $18K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $25K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
up arrow 20%
Seattle
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Portland
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Los Angeles
up arrow 9%
Philadelphia
up arrow 9%
National Average
$21,000
Chicago
up arrow 1%
Phoenix
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Charlotte
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
With a pay rate for Entry-Level Bakers that is 47 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Bakers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Chicago (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Baker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Baker in Johannesburg:
"I Wish I Knew All The Basics About Baking."
Always make sure that when you learn something new you must always make it a point that you have your recipe next to you and follow it as written on the book.
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Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 64%