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. Earnings sit near $8.53 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.34 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Just over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and one in three claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Cake Decorators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,112 - $40,699
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,497
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$8.53 - $15.34
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$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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Cake Decorators, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, Sam's Club, Safeway, Inc., and The Kroger Company are leading firms in the industry. Employees at Fred Meyer Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $30K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $26K and higher ones not far away at only $36K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Whole Foods Market, Inc., Target Corporation, and Albertson's Inc., top-paying firms where Cake Decorators rake in a decent $29K, $28K, or $28K, respectively.

Food Lion doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $20K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited. The Kroger Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Baskin-Robbins are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $21K.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $21K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $25K. For Cake Decorators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $29K, 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
$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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