Cake Decorator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.54 per hour. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While just over a half report receiving no health benefits, a little over a half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,389 - $40,191
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MEDIAN: $29,141
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$9.14 - $15.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,389 - $40,191  
   
Bonus
$98.14 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,047 - $33,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $15.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.99  
Overtime
$11.90 - $24.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.14 - $2,909  
   
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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$19,047 - $33,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Cake Decorators include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Inc., Sam's Club, and Publix Super Markets Inc. Hy-Vee, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $33K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Target Corporation, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Albertson's Inc., top-paying firms where Cake Decorators rake in a solid $29K, $28K, or $28K, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Food Lion, where the median salary is just $21K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $18K to $32K. 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

National Average: $24,461

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For Cake Decorators, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Cake Decorators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Las Vegas (+13 percent), and Indianapolis (+10 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 (16 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Cake Decorator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cake Decorator?

Cake Decorator in San Bernardino:
"Cake decorating is fun."
Pros: I enjoy being given the ability to decorate cakes as I like, allowing me to use my creativity.
Cons: Although I like being a cake decorator, I am not happy with the company I work with. I am the only cake decorator in charge of ALL of the cakes on display. I have no control over what to order and what not to order, for I am not a manager or a lead, and am always running out of product to make. For a period of time, the department I work in was understaffed and my employer had me do two departments (deli and bakery) at once. I have worked too hard and am not getting paid enough.

Cake Decorator in Chandler:
Pros: I love the cake designs I am able to do to please the customer. I love the people I get to work with and train in the bakery. I love watching the people I train and supervise grow with knowledge. I love the pressure that comes with the job.
Cons: Every job has its good and bad but there is honestly not a single thing I don't like about my job.

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.

Key Stats for Cake Decorator

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$24,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 55%