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Pastry Cook Salary

The average Pastry Cook in the United States earns approximately $11.88 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.21 per hour, and the top verges on $15.46. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by nearly one-half and dental coverage is claimed by nearly two in five. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Pastry Cooks making up 77 percent.

$20,022 - $48,936
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,067
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90%

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$9.21 - $15.46
(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
$20,022 - $48,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
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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$19,674 - $35,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $15.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.81  
Overtime
$14.11 - $23.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
   
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).
)
$19,674 - $35,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 50%
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