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Average Baker Salary Nationwide

Hourly salary range
By States
Range: $11.77/hr - $17.12/hr
Average Salary: $14.44/hr

Overview and Basic Information


Bakers are talented culinary professionals who use their knowledge of ingredients and flavors to create delicious desserts, fresh bread and sweet treats. Bakers are employed by restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and bakeries across the globe. For people with a sweet tooth, bakers are the heroes that swoop in with their tasty recipes to save the day from cravings.

Example baker job description

We are seeking a skilled and experienced baker to create dessert and bread recipes for our busy restaurant. The baker will work closely with the head chef to plan unique desserts for the restaurant menu. During the day, the baker will also greet and serve customers from the bakery counter. An ideal person for this position will be able to build a recipe from scratch, have a creative eye for decoration and work quickly and efficiently. If you have a passion for baking treats that make people’s mouths water and thrive in a fast-paced environment, this position might be for you!

Typical duties include:

  • Create new recipes for the seasonal dessert menu

  • Improve existing recipes for high-quality taste and cost-efficiency

  • Taste test recipes for quality

  • Decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other desserts

  • Oversee baking equipment like ovens, mixing machines and blenders

  • Arrange display cases

  • Provide customer service at the bakery counter

  • Maintain bakery inventory of flours, sugars and other ingredients

  • Take orders for special occasions and large orders and keep production schedules on time

  • Maintain a clean work area according to health and safety codes


  • Keen attention to detail

  • Ability to follow instructions

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work alone or on a team

  • Ability to prioritize work responsibilities and keep strict deadlines

  • Ability to stand on feet for long periods of time

  • Ability to work early mornings and long days

  • Basic math and computer skills

  • Cake and dessert decoration experience

  • Past years of experience as a baker or baker's assistant

Preferred qualifications:

  • Degree from a culinary school

Common questions about baker jobs

How much does a baker make?

The average pay for bakers is $12.75 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

There are no formal education requirements to be a baker. However, most employers prefer bakers to have a high school diploma or GED and a degree from a culinary school.

Career paths for bakers

Bakers can advance in their careers by becoming head bakers or pastry chefs, going to work for commercial bakeries or opening their own bakery.

The future of bakers

There is a demand for bakers because of the desire for specialty baked goods. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for bakers are expected to grow by 6% over the next ten years, which is as fast as any other position. 

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