Cake Decorator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Cake Decorator is $10.44 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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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$8.18 - $14.93
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Philadelphia
up arrow 16%
Dallas
up arrow 14%
Chicago
up arrow 13%
Atlanta
up arrow 11%
Las Vegas
up arrow 8%
Baltimore
up arrow 6%
Houston
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Sacramento
up arrow 2%
Phoenix
0%
National Average
$23,000
Charlotte
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Tampa
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Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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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.

Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-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%
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