Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Headquartered in Richmond Heights, Mo., Panera Bread Company offers a range of employment opportunities in the restaurant, from Cashier to Sales Associate. Panera Bread Company workers earn an average of $9.75 per hour normally and $16.16 during overtime hours. The most important factor affecting pay for Panera Bread Company employees is your city, though your role at the company and how long you've been working play a role 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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Sales Associate
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Line Cook
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Retail Shift Supervisor
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Catering Coordinator
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Restaurant Assistant Manager
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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 342
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Find out more about pay at Panera Bread Company

About This Company

Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

Panera Bread

Source: Freebase


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $12.67 per hour) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. (around $11.50), Charlotte, N.C. ($10.00), and Columbus, Ohio ($9.32) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Birmingham, Ala.; in fact, at approximately $8.33 it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at $12.76 per hour.


Restaurant Assistant Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $12.99 per hour — though Bakers, Catering Coordinators, and Retail Shift Supervisors also do fairly well at $12.45, around $11.34, and about $11.10, respectively. Cashiers make an average $8.86, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $11.06 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (59 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $9.54 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Servsafe food manager certifications receive bigger paychecks (approximately $12.99 per hour) than those without credentials. Employees who have a Certificate (Cert), Culinary Arts make the most here, hauling in $13.00 per hour.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $12.13 per hour. A common skill in Panera Bread Company's work force is Customer Service; a strong majority of survey participants report using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly one in three workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Panera Bread Company sponsors. Perks cover health insurance for just over two-fifths of workers and dental coverage for just under a third of workers. Privileges also include food/meal discounts, free drinks, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and company store discount.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


60 %
40 %
Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
Hourly Rate
$8 - $12

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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