$29,357
Avg. Salary
$12.05
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$606

Bonus

$400

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Cake Decorator is $12.05 per hour.

The average pay for a Cake Decorator is $29,357 per year.

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$17k
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$41k
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MEDIAN $29,357
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$0$41K
Salary $16,825 - $41,118
Bonus $98.72 - $2,035
Profit Sharing $75.63 - $927
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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$19,725 - $34,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 74
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.50 - $16.25
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $1.97
Overtime $12.15 - $24.36
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $98.72 - $2,035
Profit Sharing $75.63 - $927
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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$19,725 - $34,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,282

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.

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.

Cake Decorator Job Listings

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: $25,363

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 Advice

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

Cake Decorator in Louisville:
Being a decorator has a lot lot of stress, getting the cakes done on time, doing what the customer what's and having all the products to get the orders done.

Cake Decorator in Roswell:
"Cake decorator."
Pros: Its challenging and enjoy being creative.
Cons: My hours are not early.

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 Columbia:
"Good."
Pros: People.
Cons: Mean customer.

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

Cake Decorator in White Marsh:
"Practice."
Go to school and learn about cakes. It's not something everyone can do. YouTube videos don't help everyone. The more practice you do, the better you will be. And be prepared for long days on your feet. You will always have unsatisfied customers wherever you go.

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
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 475 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Cake Decorator Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$25,000

▼1%

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 475 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 53%