Salary for Bakers

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Also known as:  Bagel Maker, Bread Baker, Dough Maker, Pastry Baker, Pastry Finisher, Pie Baker, Pie Maker helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

A baker mixes together and bakes ingredients to create pastries, breads, cookies, cakes, rolls and other products. This job is not often dangerous, but it can be strenuous for newcomers as employees are required to work with sharp knives and use hot ovens frequently. To be considered for this position, completion of high school or its equivalency is usually necessary. Serious candidates may want to consider pastry or cooking school. Once hired, an employer usually requires up to a year of formal on-site job training before an employee can start work.

A Baker will normally receive a salary between $21,070 and $43,310 based on education and experience. can earn an average wage of thirty-one thousand and sixty dollars per annum.

make the highest salary in District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of approximately $37,930. They can get the best pay in Educational Services, which has an average salary rate of $35,220.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.02 percent nationwide in that time.


Bakers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation