Pay for Pastry Cooks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.37 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,798 - $40,411
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MEDIAN: $24,802
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$9.87 - $15.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,798 - $40,411  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$20,768 - $35,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $15.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.42  
Overtime
$12.26 - $22.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$300.00  
   
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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$20,768 - $35,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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Job Description for Pastry Cook

The people in bakeries and restaurants that create pies, cakes and other desserts are called pastry cooks. These employees have a very specialized set of skills that distinguish them from line cooks and food preparers in commercial kitchen settings; most culinary schools offer a separate commercial baking educational track. Pastry cooks must have a thorough understanding of the science of baking, as well as be able to adhere to recipes and food preparation principles. Pastry cooks must also possess artistic and creative skills, as they are called upon to ice cakes, prepare and add fillings and toppings, and decorate to add to the visual attractiveness of the final product. Because of the brief shelf life of most pastries, the pastry cook must be especially sure to make them look appetizing for prospective customers.

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Pastry Cook Tasks

  • Produce rolls, pastries, breads and desserts according to recipes.
  • Prepare daily requests for supplies and various food items.
  • Produce quality of appearance for all foods and ensure all plates are clean and appetizing.
  • Control proper storage of products.

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Key Stats for Pastry Cook

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Pastry Cook Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Pastry Cook Salaries

Baking
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pastry
up arrow 3%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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