Cake Decorator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.05 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $8.53 per hour and $15.34. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Cake Decorators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — a little over a half lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and around one in three have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,112 - $40,699
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,497
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$8.53 - $15.34
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,112 - $40,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $808  
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $1,233  
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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$17,853 - $33,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $15.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.45  
Overtime
$10.01 - $23.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $808  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $1,233  
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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$17,853 - $33,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,762
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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, Sam's Club, Safeway, Inc., and The Kroger Company are all popular places to work. Cake Decorators in search of the best pay head to Fred Meyer Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $30K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $36K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $26K. Cake Decorators can also look forward to large paychecks at Whole Foods Market, Inc. ($29K), Target Corporation ($28K), and Albertson's Inc. ($28K).

Employees at Food Lion take home the smallest paychecks, and $20K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $18K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K. The Kroger Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Baskin-Robbins also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $21K-paychecks on average.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cake Decorators make a median salary of $27K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $29K.

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
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 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
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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