Cake Decorator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.90 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.36 per hour and $15.26. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Cake Decorators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and about one in three have dental coverage, just over a half claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,688 - $41,184

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$8.36 - $15.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,688 - $41,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $781  
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $1,154  
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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$17,468 - $32,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $15.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.48  
Overtime
$9.90 - $23.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $781  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $1,154  
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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$17,468 - $32,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,532
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Job Description for Cake Decorator

Cake decorators help prepare cakes for consumer use. They listen to a customer's needs and work with the customer to develop an appropriate cake design. The decoration may use fondant or buttercream, and may involve customized text or design (such as a name or customized message written on the cake). Cake decorators must also order supplies as needed, such as spatulas, nozzles, and icing bags. They are also in charge of cleaning supplies such as flower lifters, spatulas, nozzles, icing bags, and icing comb sets. They must also sanitize the surfaces they work on after and/or during cake preparation.

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Cake Decorator Tasks

  • Produce icing, decorations, and fondant, and arrange cakes for aesthetic appeal.
  • Consult with clients, answer questions and sell cakes and decorations.
  • Design, produce, and decorate cakes and confections.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator


Dominating the field, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, The Kroger Company, Sam's Club, and Safeway, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Cake Decorators. For Cake Decorators, comfortable salaries can be found at Fred Meyer Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $29K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Albertson's Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Costco Wholesale Company, where earnings of $28K, $28K, or $26K are standard for Cake Decorators.

BI-LO, LLC., Food Lion, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $20K, $20K, and $21K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cake Decorators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $24K. Cake Decorators see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $28K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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What is it like working as a Cake Decorator?

Cake Decorator in Capitola:
"Sunshine And Rainbows."
Pros: The freedom to be creative and that my product brightens the days and lives of the people who purchase it.
Cons: Extremely early hours; very physical, hard work for little compensation.

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Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 55%
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