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Pastry Cook Salary (United States)

An average Pastry Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.81 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.99 per hour on the low end to $15.52 on the high end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — close to one-half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Pastry Cooks make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Pastry Cook Salary (?
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$20,374 - $49,316
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MEDIAN: $30,520
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Pastry Cook Salary (?
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$8.99 - $15.52
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,374 - $49,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$19,190 - $36,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $15.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $1.81  
Overtime
$13.66 - $23.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$19,190 - $36,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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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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Pay Difference By Location

Miami
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Las Vegas
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New York
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National Average
$25,000
Los Angeles
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Though Pastry Cooks can find somewhat larger paychecks in Miami — just above the national average — location actually has a very small overall effect on compensation in this occupation. Pastry Cooks will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+2 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.
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Experience Affects Pastry Cook Salaries

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Mid-Career
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$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 48%