Cake Decorator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Cake Decorators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.78 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings of Cake Decorators stretch from $19K near the bottom to $34K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K each from bonuses and profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. For the most part, Cake Decorators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a half lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,873 - $41,184
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$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,309
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$9.47 - $15.84
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$0$41K
Salary $17,873 - $41,184
Bonus $99.33 - $2,447
Profit Sharing $67.87 - $824
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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$19,692 - $33,987
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $9.47 - $15.84
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.42
Overtime $12.90 - $23.68
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $99.33 - $2,447
Profit Sharing $67.87 - $824
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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$19,692 - $33,987
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,349

Job Description for Cake Decorator

Cake decorators help prepare cakes for consumer use. They listen to a customer's needs and work with the customer to develop an appropriate cake design. The decoration may use fondant or buttercream, and may involve customized text or design (such as a name or customized message written on the cake). Cake decorators must also order supplies as needed, such as spatulas, nozzles, and icing bags. They are also in charge of cleaning supplies such as flower lifters, spatulas, nozzles, icing bags, and icing comb sets. They must also sanitize the surfaces they work on after and/or during cake preparation.

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Cake Decorator Tasks

  • Design, produce, and decorate cakes and confections.
  • Consult with clients, answer questions and sell cakes and decorations.
  • Produce icing, decorations, and fondant, and arrange cakes for aesthetic appeal.

Cake Decorator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Cake Decorator


Cake Decorators flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Inc., Sam's Club, and Publix Super Markets Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Cake Decorators flock to Hy-Vee, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $33K lead the pack in compensation. Target Corporation, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Albertson's Inc. also offer top salaries for Cake Decorators. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $29K, $28K, and $28K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $21K, Food Lion pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $18K to $32K isn't that wide, either. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K and The Kroger Company at $23K, though some Cake Decorators there earn up to $34K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cake Decorator

Pay by Experience for a Cake Decorator has a positive trend. An entry-level Cake Decorator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 750 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cake Decorator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 461 salaries. An experienced Cake Decorator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 360 salaries. A Cake Decorator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 186 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,126

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

For those looking to make money, Cake Decorators in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Cake Decorators will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Las Vegas (+11 percent), and Indianapolis (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Cake Decorators in Lancaster earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Sacramento also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Cake Decorator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cake Decorator?

Cake Decorator in San Bernardino:
"Cake decorating is fun."
Pros: I enjoy being given the ability to decorate cakes as I like, allowing me to use my creativity.
Cons: Although I like being a cake decorator, I am not happy with the company I work with. I am the only cake decorator in charge of ALL of the cakes on display. I have no control over what to order and what not to order, for I am not a manager or a lead, and am always running out of product to make. For a period of time, the department I work in was understaffed and my employer had me do two departments (deli and bakery) at once. I have worked too hard and am not getting paid enough.

Cake Decorator in Chandler:
Pros: I love the cake designs I am able to do to please the customer. I love the people I get to work with and train in the bakery. I love watching the people I train and supervise grow with knowledge. I love the pressure that comes with the job.
Cons: Every job has its good and bad but there is honestly not a single thing I don't like about my job.

Cake Decorator in East Haven:
Pros: Get to work in a field that I love.
Cons: Don't feel appreciated or get paid enough for the amount of work I do.

Cake Decorator in Lincoln:
"Salary."
Pros: Amazing place to work great benefits and people.
Cons: I really don't have anything negative to say.

Cake Decorator in Salt Lake City:
"Love it!"
Pros: I love showing off my talent.
Cons:

Cake Decorator in Capitola:
"Sunshine And Rainbows."
Pros: The freedom to be creative and that my product brightens the days and lives of the people who purchase it.
Cons: Extremely early hours; very physical, hard work for little compensation.

Key Stats for Cake Decorator

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$25,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 53%