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Working As a Baker

  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Baker Do

Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

Duties

Bakers typically do the following:

  • Check the quality of baking ingredients
  • Prepare equipment for baking
  • Measure and weigh flour and other ingredients
  • Combine measured ingredients in mixers or blenders
  • Knead, roll, cut, and shape dough
  • Place dough into pans, into molds, or onto baking sheets
  • Set oven temperatures
  • Place items into ovens or onto grills
  • Observe color and state of products being baked
  • Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings

Bakers produce various types and quantities of breads, pastries, and other baked goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food services. Some bakers create new recipes.

The following are examples of types of bakers:

Commercial bakers work in manufacturing facilities that produce breads, pastries, and other baked products. In these facilities, bakers use high-volume mixing machines, ovens, and other equipment, which may be automated, to mass-produce standardized baked goods. They carefully follow instructions for production schedules and recipes.

Retail bakers work primarily in grocery stores and specialty shops, including bakeries. In these settings, they produce smaller quantities of baked goods for people to eat in the shop or for sale as specialty baked goods. Retail bakers may take orders from customers, prepare baked products to order, and occasionally serve customers. Although the quantities prepared and sold in these stores are often small, they usually come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. Most retail bakers are also responsible for cleaning their work area and equipment and unloading supplies.

Some retail bakers own bakery shops or other types of businesses where they make and sell breads, pastries, pies, and other baked goods. In addition to preparing the baked goods and overseeing the entire baking process, they are also responsible for hiring, training, and supervising their staff. They must budget for and order supplies, set prices, and decide how much to produce each day.

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How To Become A Baker

Long-term on-the-job training is the most common path to gain the skills necessary to become a baker. Some bakers start their careers through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school. No formal education is required.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements to become a baker, some candidates attend a technical or culinary school. Programs generally last from 1 to 2 years and cover nutrition, food safety, and basic math. To enter these programs, candidates may be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Most bakers learn their skills through long-term on-the-job training, typically lasting 1 to 3 years. Some employers may provide apprenticeship programs for aspiring bakers. Bakers in specialty bakery shops and grocery stores often start as apprentices or trainees and learn the basics of baking, icing, and decorating. They usually study topics such as nutrition, sanitation procedures, and basic baking. Some participate in correspondence study and may work toward a certificate in baking.

In manufacturing facilities, commercial bakers learn how to operate and maintain the industrial mixing and blending equipment that is used to produce baked goods. They also learn how to combine ingredients and how temperature and humidity affect ingredients and the baking process.

Other Experience

Some bakers learn their skills through work experience related to baking. For example, they may start as a baker’s assistant and progress into a full-fledged baker as they learn baking techniques. 

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary and shows that a baker has the skills and knowledge to work at a retail baking establishment.

The Retail Bakers of America offers certification in four levels of competence, with a focus on several topics, including baking sanitation, management, retail sales, and staff training. Those who wish to become certified must satisfy a combination of education and experience requirements before taking an exam.

The education and experience requirements vary by the level of certification desired. For example, a Certified Journey Baker requires no education but must have at least 1 year of work experience. A Certified Baker must have 4 years of work experience and 30 hours of sanitation coursework, and a Certified Master Baker must have 8 years of work experience, 30 hours of sanitation coursework, and 30 hours of professional development education.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Bakers must closely monitor their products in the oven to keep them from burning. They also should have an eye for detail because many pastries and cakes require intricate decorations.

Math skills. Bakers must possess basic math skills, especially knowledge of fractions, in order to precisely mix recipes, weigh ingredients, or adjust mixes.

Physical stamina. Bakers stand on their feet for extended periods while they prepare dough, monitor baking, or package baked goods.

Physical strength. Bakers should be able to lift and carry heavy bags of flour and other ingredients, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Average Length of Employment
Cook/Baker 3.1 years
Pie Baker 2.8 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.3 years
Baker Helper 2.2 years
Pastry Baker 2.1 years
Bread Baker 2.0 years
Baker 2.0 years
Baker Apprentice 1.9 years
Pizza Baker 1.8 years
Oven Baker 1.8 years
Bakery Clerk 1.8 years
Second Baker 1.8 years
Bakery Worker 1.8 years
Baker's Assistant 1.7 years
Baker/Cashier 1.7 years
Bakery Associate 1.6 years
Bakery Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Baker
Cashier 19.8%
Cook 7.3%
Internship 6.0%
Server 5.5%
Line Cook 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Prep Cook 3.5%
Waitress 2.7%
Volunteer 2.6%
Hostess 2.5%
Barista 2.4%
Supervisor 2.3%
Top Careers After Baker
Cashier 14.7%
Cook 8.7%
Server 5.8%
Line Cook 5.2%
Manager 4.6%
Prep Cook 4.1%
Internship 3.4%
Driver 3.0%
Supervisor 2.8%
Chef 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
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$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
H-E-B
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Baker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Baker in the United States is $29,324 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

Real Baker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Baker Hot Bread Kitchen New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $65,000 -
$75,000
Lavash and Jajik Baker Art's Specialties Belmont, MA Jun 26, 2015 $38,000 -
$40,000
Baker Sophia's Ice Cream, Inc. Newburgh, NY Oct 12, 2015 $36,837
Baker Sophia's Ice Cream, Inc. Newburgh, NY Nov 20, 2015 $36,837
Baker Shalom Strictly Kosher Meats, Inc. Silver Spring, MD Jul 29, 2016 $36,689
Baker Tetovo, LLC Plymouth, WI Jul 20, 2016 $36,400
Bakers Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $34,832
Filipino Specialty Baker Milson Corporation Cerritos, CA May 02, 2016 $34,440
Bakers Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 10, 2015 $33,559
Baker Vigario Managment Corp. (DBA Dunkin Donuts) Manassas, VA Jul 24, 2015 $33,530
Baker Paredes Business Corp.; DBA Carousel Bakery Hazlet, NJ Nov 07, 2016 $33,301
Baker Pennsylvania Pomodoro T/A Non Solo Pasta Morrisville, PA Jun 23, 2015 $33,134
Baker Regina Margherita Inc. Nutley, NJ Sep 08, 2015 $30,500
Baker Vetrano Restaurants Corp Mineola, NY Mar 30, 2016 $30,449
Baker Vetrano Restaurants Corp Mineola, NY Jan 11, 2016 $30,449
Baker Calandra's Italian & French Bakery Newark, NJ Apr 26, 2016 $30,326
Baker Calandra's Italian & French Bakery Newark, NJ Mar 14, 2016 $30,326
Baker/Donut Finisher Anadimukta Corp Watkins Glen, NY Jul 01, 2015 $30,000
Baker Golden Bread Bake Shop, LLC Lawrenceville, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $29,910
Baker Hamada-Ya, LLC Torrance, CA Mar 06, 2015 $29,910
Baker Ewe Group Inc. Doraville, GA Oct 19, 2016 $26,208
Baker Tasty Pastry Shoppe, Ltd. New York, NY Feb 03, 2015 $25,979
Baker Jayarvee, Inc. DBA Birdland New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $25,979
Baker La Tropezienne Bakery Inc. New York, NY Apr 02, 2015 $25,979
Baker Elysee Bakery & CAFE Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2015 $25,730
Baker 13609 Lakewood Hts., LLC Cleveland, OH Apr 01, 2015 $25,169
Baker Immaculate Careers LLC North Miami, FL Nov 30, 2016 $25,044 -
$27,131
Baker La Conchita Bakery Corp #2 Madisonville, TN Oct 01, 2016 $25,044

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Top Skills for A Baker

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Bake Bread
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cooked bakery items daily and decorated wedding cakes
  • Bake breads, pastries, biscuits, cakes, rolls, cookies, and other desserts in accordance to bakery standards.
  • Bake bread daily Decorate cakes as needed Restock bakery merchandise Maintain cleanliness of bakery area Provide quality customer service
  • Cut, Shape dough into mold and pan on sheets and bake in oven.
  • Maintained a safe and healthy food preparation environment by enforcing food preparation standards and procedures complying with sanitation and legal regulations.

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Top 10 Best States for Bakers

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  3. North Dakota
  4. Montana
  5. Nevada
  6. New Jersey
  7. Utah
  8. Massachusetts
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Baker Resume Examples And Tips

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Baker Demographics

Gender

Female

49.3%

Male

40.8%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

French

12.5%

German

5.1%

Italian

3.8%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.4%

Portuguese

2.1%

Japanese

1.8%

Chinese

1.6%

Mandarin

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Swedish

0.8%

Danish

0.8%

Thai

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.5%

Hindi

0.4%

Armenian

0.4%
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Baker Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

18.3%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

13.5%

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Culinary Institute of America

9.0%

The Academy

6.5%

Baker College

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Sullivan University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Michigan State University

2.8%

Houston Community College

2.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.5%

University of Houston

2.4%

Liberty University

2.4%

Valencia College

2.3%

Ohio State University

2.3%

Oakland Community College

2.2%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.2%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Pasadena

2.1%

Ashford University

2.0%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

28.0%

Business

14.9%

General Studies

4.9%

Psychology

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Nursing

4.4%

Accounting

4.1%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.9%

Hospitality Management

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Management

2.5%

English

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Communication

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Biology

2.0%

Cosmetology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

25.0%

Associate

21.6%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

4.4%

Diploma

3.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.6%
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