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Cake Decorator Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.44 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.18 per hour to $14.93. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but nearly two in five have medical insurance, and about one in three have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Cake Decorators is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Cake Decorator Salary (?
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$18,411 - $46,083
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MEDIAN: $29,616
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Cake Decorator Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,411 - $46,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $1,162  
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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$17,101 - $32,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $14.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.50  
Overtime
$9.06 - $23.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $1,162  
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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$17,101 - $32,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,435
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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.

Cake Decorator Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, Sam's Club, The Kroger Company, and Harris Teeter, Inc. are all popular places to work. Cake Decorators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Safeway, Inc., where typical salaries come to $25K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($18K) and those starting out ($33K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Sam's Club, Harris Teeter, Inc., and Publix Super Markets Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Cake Decorators earning around $24K, $23K, or $22K at each firm, respectively.
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($20K), Food Lion ($20K), and The Kroger Company ($21K).

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cake Decorators make a median salary of $26K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $26K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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Houston
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National Average
$23,000
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Cake Decorators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Cake Decorators will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (7 percent less) and Tampa (3 percent less).

Cake Decorator Reviews

What is it like working as a Cake Decorator at Publix Super Markets Inc?
Cake Decorator in Fort Lauderdale:
"Stress Level Is Intense."
Pros: I haven't been here for long, but so far it has been a learning experience. You grow up and learn many techniques as a decorator and seeing the satisfaction from customers is wonderful.
Cons: It is an insanely stressful job. I work at a smaller Publix so we don't have much help in the cake decorating department. Manager doesn't decorate cakes. Head cake decorator is a frump (doesn't even do half of what I do and I manage it all in 30 hours). Fighting with said coworker because she is a frump. Women together is not a good idea.
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

Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 56%