Baker Salary

Pay for Bakers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.69 per hour. Total cash earnings of Bakers range from $19K on the low end to $36K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $18K, respectively. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Although nearly two in five have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, a majority claim no health benefits at all. Women make up the majority of Bakers (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Bakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,127 - $57,848
$18K
$30K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,029
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$9.01 - $15.62
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MEDIAN: $11.72
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$0$57K
Salary $18,127 - $57,848
Bonus $101.01 - $4,654
Profit Sharing $97.44 - $17,622
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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$18,815 - $36,226
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 184
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.01 - $15.62
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $2.61
Overtime $11.90 - $24.82
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $101.01 - $4,654
Profit Sharing $97.44 - $17,622
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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$18,815 - $36,226
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,864

Job Description for Baker

A baker spends the day creating various baked goods for their establishment, perhaps including artisan breads, specialty desserts, or simple dinner rolls. Bakers usually either work shifts in the morning or evening; they may also work from morning to night, which is especially true of a baker who owns their own bakery. A baker can work in a variety of settings, including a bakery, a restaurant, or another food service establishment. Some bakers own their own bakeries, and some work under the owner of their establishment.

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Baker Tasks

  • Measure, blend, mold, store, and prepare baked goods according to recipe, quality, and presentation standards.
  • Apply glazes, icings, and toppings to baked goods.
  • Oversee baking production and test quality level.

Baker Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Baker


Panera Bread Company, Safeway, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Dunkin' Donuts, and Panera LLC are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Bakers. Bakers flock to Hostess Brands, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Panera LLC are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Bakers earning around $30K, $27K, or $26K at each firm, respectively.

Employees at Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Sodexo, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $19K, $21K, and $22K.

Pay by Experience Level for Baker

Pay by Experience for a Baker has a positive trend. An entry-level Baker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,264 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Baker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 528 salaries. An experienced Baker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 354 salaries. A Baker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 183 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,034

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bakers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Bakers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), Miami (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+15 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers in Houston and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Baker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Baker?

Baker in Winchester:
"Enjoying my Work."
Pros: I enjoy preparing different types of baked goods for the customers. I like how friendly and casual the restaurant is. It is a happy place. I enjoy how popular the restaurant is and how much people enjoy eating my food.
Cons: -The heat. -Waking up very early in the morning.

Baker in Spokane:
"It is a fun job and but the early hours are tough."
Pros: The outcome of each pastry you created is very rewarding.
Cons: The hours are tough and it is the labor is intensive.

Baker in Otsego:
"A lot of work but face paced."
Pros: I race the clock.
Cons: Hard floors.

Baker in Bangor:
"Baking life."
Pros: I love being able to work by myself doing something I love. This is my creative outlet.
Cons: Lack of money and or other benefits.

Baker in Picayune:
"Know my job."
Pros: The baking part .
Cons: The pay.

Baker in San Francisco:
"It's not always cookies and cream."
Pros: I like the independence and autonomy of my shifts and workload.
Cons: I don't like the pressure.

Baker in Johnson City:
"Good most of the time."
Pros: Stay busy all the time.
Cons: Think should have more help and higher pay and need off graveyard.

Key Stats for Baker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 376 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Baker Salaries

▲24%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$25,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 376 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 59%