Cake Decorator Salary

The larger portion of Cake Decorators in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.73 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.26 per hour and $15.11. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though experience level and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Cake Decorators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and approximately one in three claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,387 - $41,390
(Median)
$17K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,187
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$8.26 - $15.11
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,387 - $41,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
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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$17,239 - $32,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $15.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.99  
Overtime
$10.01 - $23.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
   
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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$17,239 - $32,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,466

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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, The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Cake Decorators. Employees at Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $26K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $19K and higher ones not far away at only $31K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Costco Wholesale Company, Safeway, Inc., and Harris Teeter, Inc., where earnings of $26K, $24K, or $24K are standard for Cake Decorators.

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 $29K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


For Cake Decorators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Cake Decorators bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $28K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
11%

Common Health Benefits

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