Cake Decorator Salary (United States)

Most Cake Decorators in the United States are women. The work force as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.44 per hour. Pay begins at $8.18 per hour on the low end and climbs to $14.93 near the top. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, 41 percent do enjoy medical insurance, and about a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of Cake Decorators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.

Cake Decorator Job Listings

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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, The Kroger Company, and Harris Teeter, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—Safeway, Inc. offers the highest median salary at $24,500—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $18,078 and reaching $33K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sam's Club, Harris Teeter, Inc., and Publix Super Markets Inc, where Cake Decorators typically earn around $23,614, $22,637, or $21,810, respectively.
Ingles Markets, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $17,401. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($19,670), Food Lion ($20,367), and The Kroger Company ($20,652).

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Cake Decorators with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $21K, which grows to $23K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $26K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Cake Decorators who have made it this far report earning around $26K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$23,000
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For Cake Decorators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta, where Cake Decorators annually earn 16 percent, 14 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Los Angeles and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-7 percent and -3 percent).

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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