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List of Baker Salaries

By Edited Dec 27, 2013 1 2

Baker

Salaries by State

Are you crazy about baking? Do you simply love to bake those home goods and thoroughly enjoy the look on people’s faces as they try your creations? Maybe being a baker is just what you were made to do. And if so, then you’ll definitely benefit from this information. Keep reading to discover what it takes to become a baker, what the average baker salary is, and what they actually do on a daily basis.

JOB DESCRIPTION

There are, in fact, a couple different types of bakers in the market. You have the specialty shop baker, the manufacturer baker, and the grocery store baker. All three types of bakers pretty much do the same thing, but in different ways and for different reasons. They all produce breads, pastries, cakes, and other goodies for consumption.

The manufacturing baker produces goods in large quantities using industrial equipment: large ovens and mixers. This type of baker makes things, not for quality sake, but for quantity and mass distribution. You’ll find these types of bakers producing things like Hostess, Sara Lee, and others.

The grocery baker has a little more to do with quality. They are stationed in the bakery section of many stores and on a daily basis bake breads and cakes for people to come and buy. These goods are better quality than manufactured goods, but still are produced in a higher quantity than the next shop does.

The specialty baker could be the person next door or the little bakery shop on the corner. This baker specializes in making the absolute best-tasting, ingredient-rich, quality bakery goods you can request. Specialty bakers usually open their own shop and begin to sell their goods at higher prices, but much better quality.

BECOME A BAKER

Although you could obtain a formal culinary arts degree, it is not necessary to become a baker. Most bakers begin their career by interning or training at their local grocery store or specialty shop. If this interests you, then the easiest way to begin is by applying to one or the other. You may even walk to your local bakery store and ask to become a summer intern for a while. This way you’d get the experience while the owner receives free labor.

Another way to become a baker is to begin at home. If you currently have raving fans asking you to bake them your specialty goods, then keep start charging for them. You’ll soon find out if they are just being kind or are taking you seriously as a baker. You can easily set up an online business for you goods, or slowly save for a brick and mortar shop. The freedom is yours.

BAKER SALARY

Being a baker can be a most satisfying career path, but if you are in search of something with more salary potential, then you may want to try a few other choices:

1.    Trash Collector

 

3.    Air Traffic Controller

4.    Advertising Manager

5.    IT Manager

But if you’re sticking with becoming a baker, no matter the pay, then you’ll find that the money will usually follow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics possesses average salary data for bakers in the U.S. On average, a baker makes $25,350 annually. The average hourly pay is $12.19/hr. Following I’ve taken data from the BLS and placed it in a nice table for easy access. It contains the salaries for bakers by the state they reside in.

Alabama

Hourly: $11.68

Salary: $24,290

Alaska

Hourly: $14.45

Salary: $30,060

Arizona

Hourly: $12.23

Salary: $25,440

Arkansas

Hourly: $9.73

Salary: $20,240

California

Hourly: $13.09

Salary: $27,220

Colorado

Hourly: $12.97

Salary: $26,980

Connecticut

Hourly: $14.19

Salary: $29,520

Delaware

Hourly: $12.33

Salary: $25,650

District of Columbia

Hourly: $14.84

Salary: $30,860

Florida

Hourly: $11.81

Salary: $24,560

Georgia

Hourly: $11.61

Salary: $24,150

Guam

Hourly: $8.60

Salary: $17,890

Hawaii

Hourly: $14.48

Salary: $30,110

Idaho

Hourly: $11.89

Salary: $24,740

Illinois

Hourly: $11.20

Salary: $23,300

Indiana

Hourly: $11.35

Salary: $23,610

Iowa

Hourly: $10.86

Salary: $22,600

Kansas

Hourly: $10.07

Salary: $20,940

Kentucky

Hourly: $12.19

Salary: $25,360

Louisiana

Hourly: $10.44

Salary: $21,710

Maine

Hourly: $13.10

Salary: $27,260

Maryland

Hourly: $13.81

Salary: $28,720

Massachusetts

Hourly: $14.37

Salary: $29,880

Michigan

Hourly: $11.40

Salary: $23,700

Minnesota

Hourly: $12.46

Salary: $25,920

Mississippi

Hourly: $10.15

Salary: $21,120

Missouri

Hourly: $11.08

Salary: $23,040

Montana

Hourly: $11.38

Salary: $23,680

Nebraska

Hourly: $11.20

Salary: $23,290

Nevada

Hourly: $13.43

Salary: $27,940

New Hampshire

Hourly: $11.76

Salary: $24,470

New Jersey

Hourly: $13.33

Salary: $27,730

New Mexico

Hourly: $10.89

Salary: $22,650

New York

Hourly: $12.86

Salary: $26,760

North Carolina

Hourly: $11.21

Salary: $23,320

North Dakota

Hourly: $10.56

Salary: $21,970

Ohio

Hourly: $11.37

Salary: $23,640

Oklahoma

Hourly: $10.15

Salary: $21,120

Oregon

Hourly: $12.81

Salary: $26,650

Pennsylvania

Hourly: $12.69

Salary: $26,390

Puerto Rico

Hourly: $8.00

Salary: $16,650

Rhode Island

Hourly: $13.12

Salary: $27,290

South Carolina

Hourly: $10.89

Salary: $22,640

South Dakota

Hourly: $11.83

Salary: $24,610

Tennessee

Hourly: $11.04

Salary: $22,970

Texas

Hourly: $10.46

Salary: $21,750

Utah

Hourly: $12.02

Salary: $25,000

Vermont

Hourly: $12.56

Salary: $26,120

Virgin Islands

Hourly: $11.92

Salary: $24,800

Virginia

Hourly: $13.53

Salary: $28,150

Washington

Hourly: $14.66

Salary: $30,500

West Virginia

Hourly: $10.26

Salary: $21,340

Wisconsin

Hourly: $10.89

Salary: $22,650

Wyoming

Hourly: $10.47

Salary: $21,77

CONCLUSION

The job of a baker could be very satisfying and quite fun. Not only are you making quality goods, you have the freedom to create and experiment. Along with this, you’ll always find joy in having tons of customers adore you for your baking skills. This is not something that most people think of when considering their future profession, but it can be a fulfilling venture. Try it out!

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Comments

Feb 12, 2011 1:54pm
Lynsuz
Good info, I bake for fun and to give as gifts. ^5
Feb 13, 2011 9:04pm
manspaugh
I love baked goods as gifts! You must have tons of friends.
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