Women comprise the majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.47 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of Cake Decorators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,336 - $40,699
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$17K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,374
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$9.02 - $15.67
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$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,336 - $40,699  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$18,814 - $33,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $15.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.52  
Overtime
$11.90 - $24.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$18,814 - $33,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,482
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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, The Kroger Company, Publix Super Markets Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Sam's Club are among the top companies that take on many Cake Decorators. Fred Meyer Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $30K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $22K and maxing out at just $35K. Cake Decorators can also look forward to large paychecks at Hy-Vee, Inc. ($29K), Target Corporation ($29K), and Albertson's Inc. ($28K).

While select Food Lion employees may bring in up to $33K, a median salary of only $21K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K and Safeway, Inc. at $23K, though some Cake Decorators there earn up to $36K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


For Cake Decorators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. Cake Decorators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $30K.

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 203 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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