Cake Decorator Salary (United States)

Cake Decorators in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.44 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $8.18 per hour on the low end to $14.93 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by 41 percent and dental insurance is reported by around one third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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

Cake Decorators flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc, Sam's Club, The Kroger Company, and Harris Teeter, Inc., highly-regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Cake Decorators flock to Safeway, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $24,500 lead the pack in compensation; however, Safeway, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $18,078 at one end to $33K at the other end. Also paying near the top of the field are Sam's Club at $23,614, Harris Teeter, Inc. at $22,637, and Publix Super Markets Inc, where Cake Decorators annually earn $21,810.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Ingles Markets, Inc., where the median salary is just $17,401. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Food Lion, and The Kroger Company also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $19,670, $20,367, and $20,652-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Cake Decorators can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Salaries start at $21K, which grows to $23K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $26K after one to two decades. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Cake Decorators encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $26K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Baltimore
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Houston
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National Average
$23,000
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For those looking to make money, Cake Decorators in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Cake Decorators will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Los Angeles and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -3 percent, respectively.

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.

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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Highly satisfied
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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