Earnings for Entry-Level Bakers come in at around $10.51 per hour on average. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level Bakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Entry-Level Bakers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. More than a third enjoy medical while just over a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-fifth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,339 - $53,174
(Median)
$17K
$29K
$53K
MEDIAN: $29,137
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$8.35 - $13.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,339 - $53,174  
   
Bonus
$51.82 - $2,007  
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$17,456 - $31,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.35 - $13.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.83  
Overtime
$12.19 - $21.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$51.82 - $2,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$17,456 - $31,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,147
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Entry-Level Bakers fill the offices of leading firms Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Safeway, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Panera LLC. Salary cannot be beat at Hy-Vee, Inc., where median pay comes to $27K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $25K, and the higher end is not far away at $36K. Panera LLC, Publix Super Markets Inc, and Panera Bread Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Bakers earning around $26K, $25K, or $25K at each firm, respectively.

Dunkin' Donuts doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $19K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $23K and scope of pay is rather limited. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Casey's General Stores, Inc. ($20K), Safeway, Inc. ($21K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($21K).

Baker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Baker in Cuyahoga Falls:
"That it involved all weekends and holidays."
Make sure you are ready to work early mornings and all weekends and holidays.

Baker in Lancaster:
"Set your boundaries, work together."
Respect everyone's space and work style. Timing and temperature is everything. Visualize 2 to 3 steps ahead in process, set yourself up right at beginning. The more responsibility you take, the more comes to you.

Baker in Alexandria:
Don't work for family!! You will be taken for granted, be given duties for after hours, no bonus or overtime pay and usually no benefits!

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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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