Cake Decorator Salary
|Salary||$17,355 - $40,255|
|Bonus||$82.43 - $2,883|
|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).)
|$19,150 - $34,067|
|Hourly Rate||$9.21 - $15.72|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $1.70|
|Overtime||$11.95 - $24.20|
|Bonus||$82.43 - $2,883|
|Total Pay (||$19,150 - $34,067|
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.Read More...
This job typically involves early-morning hours for cakes prepared on a deadline (such as a wedding cake needed for a wedding the same day). They must stand for a long time, take notes for clients, and work independently to decorate cakes. Cake decorators must also have excellent time-management skills and be able to constructively receive feedback from colleagues and clients. Artistic talent and creativity are essential in this position.
Formal education is generally not required for a cake decorator position, but it may be preferred or beneficial. Prospective cake decorators can receive a pastry degree, relevant certification from a culinary school, or a certification or degree from a community college. On-the-job training may also be used to train prospective cake decorators.
Cake Decorator Tasks
- Design, produce, and decorate cakes and confections.
- Consult with clients, answer questions and sell cakes and decorations.
- Produce icing, decorations, and fondant, and arrange cakes for aesthetic appeal.
Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator
Dominating the field, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Inc., Sam's Club, and Publix Super Markets Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Cake Decorators. Hy-Vee, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $33K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are Target Corporation at $29K, Whole Foods Market, Inc. at $28K, and Albertson's Inc., where Cake Decorators annually earn $28K.
Offering a median salary of only $21K, Food Lion pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $18K to $32K is pretty narrow, too. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K, and The Kroger Company where $23K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Cake Decorators there earn up to $34K.
Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator
Pay by Experience for a Cake Decorator has a positive trend. An entry-level Cake Decorator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 750 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cake Decorator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 461 salaries. An experienced Cake Decorator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 360 salaries. A Cake Decorator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 186 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Cake Decorators will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Cake Decorators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), and Indianapolis (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Lancaster, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Sacramento also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).
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