Cake Decorator Salary

Most Cake Decorators in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.86 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.34 per hour and $15.29. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cake Decorators. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and roughly one in three receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,580 - $41,184
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,437
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$8.34 - $15.29
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,580 - $41,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $788  
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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$17,411 - $32,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.34 - $15.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.25  
Overtime
$10.27 - $23.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $788  
   
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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$17,411 - $32,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,515
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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


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, The Kroger Company, Sam's Club, and Safeway, Inc. are top-notch employers for Cake Decorators in this area. Fred Meyer Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $29K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Albertson's Inc., Costco Wholesale Company, and Hy-Vee, Inc., top-paying firms where Cake Decorators rake in a solid $28K, $26K, or $26K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include BI-LO, LLC. ($20K), Food Lion ($20K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($21K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


Cake Decorators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. Cake Decorators see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Cake Decorators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $28K.

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 259 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
12%

Common Health Benefits

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