Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Based in Richmond Heights, Mo.,restaurant player Panera Bread Company offers many employment opportunities, including Cashier and Baker positions. Median pay for Panera Bread Company workers sits around $9.72 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $16.66. Where you live plays the largest role in compensation at Panera Bread Company, but what you do at the company and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Panera Bread Company Hourly Rate


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  • Updated: 16 Jan 2018
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About This Company

Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

Panera Bread

Panera Bread Company pays its employees an average of $9.63 an hour. Hourly pay at Panera Bread Company ranges from an average of $7.97 to $13.66 an hour. Panera Bread Company employees with the job title Data Scientist make the most with an average hourly rate of $45.79, while employees with the title Kitchen Assistant, Restaurant make the least with an average hourly rate of $7.69.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $13.00 per hour) can be spotted in St. Louis, Mo.; Chicago, Ill. (approximately $12.67), Houston, Texas ($9.50), and Denver, Colo. ($9.46) are the next top-paying cities. Pittsburgh, Pa. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $8.54. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of California; pay there average to around $11.14 per hour.


Earning approximately $12.14 per hour on average, Bakers receive the most money, followed by Catering Coordinators ($11.41), Retail Shift Supervisors ($10.95), and Line Cooks (about $9.28). Financial compensation for Customer Service Associates is rather low — on average only $8.64 — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Panera Bread Company for between five and 10 years earn around $11.18 per hour on average. The largest slice of the Panera Bread Company workforce (60 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $9.47 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Servsafe food manager certifications are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $13.71 per hour. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Arts (MA); Panera Bread Company awards $31.88 to these degree-holders.


Employees who count People Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $11.97 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Customer Service; a majority deem it necessary for work. Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

More than a third of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Approximately half of workers report having health insurance, and over a third of workers report having dental coverage. Panera Bread Company folks also make good use of free drinks, food/meal discounts, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


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Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
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$8 - $12

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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