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.