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Cake Decorator Salary

Women account for the majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.58 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.20 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.96. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though tenure and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Cake Decorators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and around one in three have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,598 - $45,000
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$45K
MEDIAN: $29,262
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$8.20 - $14.96
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,598 - $45,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
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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$17,126 - $32,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $14.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.50  
Overtime
$9.73 - $23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
   
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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$17,126 - $32,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,441
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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 Harris Teeter, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Cake Decorators. Costco Wholesale Company offers the largest salaries in town — $26K on average. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Safeway, Inc., and Sam's Club are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Cake Decorators earning around $25K, $24K, or $23K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Food Lion, and The Kroger Company, all paying $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Cake Decorators see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $27K.

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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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
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: 23% employee benefits None: 57%