Cake Decorator Salary

Cake Decorators in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.88 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.35 per hour and $15.28. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by approximately one-third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cake Decorators. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,664 - $41,090
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,316
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$8.35 - $15.28
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,664 - $41,090  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $780  
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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$17,433 - $32,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.35 - $15.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.25  
Overtime
$10.16 - $23.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $780  
   
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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$17,433 - $32,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
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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 top-notch employers for Cake Decorators in this area. Fred Meyer Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $29K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Albertson's Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Costco Wholesale Company, where Cake Decorators typically earn around $28K, $28K, or $26K, respectively.

Workers at BI-LO, LLC., Food Lion, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $20K, $20K, and $21K respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. Cake Decorators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $28K.

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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
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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