Pastry Cook Salary

Pastry Cooks in the United States can expect wages of $12.35 per hour on average. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Female Pastry Cooks make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a little over a half have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,731 - $40,610
$19K
$25K
$41K
MEDIAN: $24,782
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$9.84 - $15.56
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MEDIAN: $12.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,731 - $40,610  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$20,794 - $35,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $15.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.43  
Overtime
$11.95 - $22.61  
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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$20,794 - $35,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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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Key Stats for Pastry Cook

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Pastry Cook Salaries

Mid-Career
▲12%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$27,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Pastry Cook Salaries

Baking
▲6%

pastry
▲2%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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