Bread. Pastries. Pies. Rolls. Cookies. Croissants. Cakes. Brownies. Danishes. Bakers make all of them and more, creating consistently delicious baked goods to keep their customers at bakeries, patisseries, and cafes happy.
Annual salaries for bakers will vary depending on your experience, education level, and expertise. In 2013, the average annual salary for bakers working in the U.S. was $25,120 per year.
For more information on what parts of the country have the most opportunity for bakers, click through to our Best Places to Work tab for information on the number of people employed and the average salary in each state.
The state of California has the highest number of bakers in the nation, where 24,180 bakers are making an average salary of $25,870. Interestingly, Florida is second, employing 11,710 bakers across the state, where they earn an average salary of $24,840.
The top 5 city areas that are employing bakers are:
Use our interactive map below to find out which areas of the United States are currently experiencing the greatest amount of growth and job availability for graduates looking for a career as a baker. The associated information has been gathered from Bureau of Labor statistics, representing data collected in 2012.
While we’re sure you can think of many of the reasons as well as we can, here are a few:
You might bake delicious treats at home, but working in a commercial bakery isn’t that simple. You need to be fast, precise, able to learn from experience, and to get it right time after time. You also need good manual skills to glaze and ice baked goods. A basic working knowledge of these skill sets will help to set you apart from other candidates.
Feel like you’ve got a lot to learn? Get more information about baking careers, degrees, and applicable courses from one of the schools below.
On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeships
Many bakers learn their skills while employed in the field, getting on-the-job training through apprenticeship programs or through entry-level positions.
Technical and Culinary Schools
Accredited technical and culinary schools teach nutrition and food safety techniques, as well as use of baking equipment and some basic math. Programs typically take one to two years to complete, depending on the institution. Students often have the option of specializing in specific areas of baking such as pastry arts. Most of these schools require students to have completed high school or earned a GED.