Bakers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as bakers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since bakers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where bakers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for bakers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s bakers:
So there you have it — Bakers is the best of the best when it comes to being a baker.
How did Bakers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for bakers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for bakers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well bakers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for bakers in California is $28,410 and the average salary in Illinois is $26,890, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for bakers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for bakers.
Total Jobs: 2,110
Average Annual Salary: $33,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,340
Average Experienced Salary: $48,640
Location Quotient: 1.29
Total Jobs: 2,030
Average Annual Salary: $28,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,810
Average Experienced Salary: $42,930
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 5,270
Average Annual Salary: $29,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,730
Average Experienced Salary: $41,420
Location Quotient: 1.34
Total Jobs: 610
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,910
Average Experienced Salary: $39,810
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 1,790
Average Annual Salary: $27,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,330
Average Experienced Salary: $37,980
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 5,420
Average Annual Salary: $25,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,440
Average Experienced Salary: $36,100
Location Quotient: 1.0
Total Jobs: 820
Average Annual Salary: $26,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,100
Average Experienced Salary: $38,660
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 7,390
Average Annual Salary: $26,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,930
Average Experienced Salary: $39,510
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 3,810
Average Annual Salary: $28,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,760
Average Experienced Salary: $39,140
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 3,020
Average Annual Salary: $26,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,390
Average Experienced Salary: $52,100
Location Quotient: 0.81
If you’re looking to start out your career as a baker these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a baker in America: