Pastry Cooks in the United States take home approximately $12.40 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly two in five have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Pastry Cooks making up 76 percent. Most Pastry Cooks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average.

$18,731 - $36,065
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$36K
MEDIAN: $24,604
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$9.85 - $15.66
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,731 - $36,065  
   
Bonus
$130.00  
Total Pay (?
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$20,653 - $34,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $15.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.51  
Overtime
$12.11 - $23.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$130.00  
   
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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$20,653 - $34,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Pastry Cook Salaries

Baking
up arrow 13%

pastry
up arrow 4%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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