Cake Decorator Salary

Most Cake Decorators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.53 per hour. Total cash compensation for Cake Decorators runs from $19K to $34K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than half lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Cake Decorators is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,500 - $40,634
$17K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,467
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$9.11 - $15.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,500 - $40,634  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $2,883  
Profit Sharing
$70.96 - $1,973  
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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$18,977 - $34,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $15.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.52  
Overtime
$11.95 - $24.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.63 - $2,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$70.96 - $1,973  
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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$18,977 - $34,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,482

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Cake Decorators include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, Publix Super Markets Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Sam's Club. Those at Hy-Vee, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $33K. Cake Decorators will also find cushy salaries at Target Corporation (+$29K), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (+$29K), and Albertson's Inc. (+$28K).

Food Lion is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $21K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $18K while workers on the upper end may rake in $32K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at The Kroger Company ($22K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($22K), and Sam's Club ($24K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


For Cake Decorators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $25K. Cake Decorators bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $30K.

Cake Decorator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cake Decorator?

Cake Decorator in Chandler:
Pros: I love the cake designs I am able to do to please the customer. I love the people I get to work with and train in the bakery. I love watching the people I train and supervise grow with knowledge. I love the pressure that comes with the job.
Cons: Every job has its good and bad but there is honestly not a single thing I don't like about my job.

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.

Key Stats for Cake Decorator

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$24,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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