Pastry Cook Salary

Earnings for Pastry Cooks in the United States come in at around $11.91 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.35 per hour and $15.24. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — nearly one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under a half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Pastry Cooks making up 78 percent.

$18,121 - $49,665
(Median)
$18K
$26K
$50K
MEDIAN: $26,500
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$9.35 - $15.24
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,121 - $49,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $695  
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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$19,982 - $35,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.35 - $15.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.52  
Overtime
$13.38 - $23.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $695  
   
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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$19,982 - $35,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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 quality of appearance for all foods and ensure all plates are clean and appetizing.
  • Control proper storage of products.
  • Produce rolls, pastries, breads and desserts according to recipes.
  • Prepare daily requests for supplies and various food items.

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Experience Affects Pastry Cook Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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