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Cake Decorator Salary

Most Cake Decorators in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.73 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.30 per hour and $15.12. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but years of experience and geographic location are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — a little over a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by about one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cake Decorators. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,353 - $41,443
(Median)
$17K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,670
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$8.30 - $15.12
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$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,353 - $41,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $778  
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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$17,317 - $32,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.26  
Overtime
$10.59 - $23.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $778  
   
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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$17,317 - $32,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,483

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Cake Decorators include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Inc., and Sam's Club. Fred Meyer Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $29K. Costco Wholesale Company, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Hy-Vee, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Cake Decorators earning around $26K, $26K, or $26K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include BI-LO, LLC. at $19K and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K, though some Cake Decorators there earn up to $30K.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cake Decorators make a median salary of $26K. Cake Decorators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $28K on average.

Cake Decorator Reviews

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 258 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 55%
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