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Working As A Bakery Clerk

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bakery Clerk Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Bakery Clerk

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Food Clerk 2.9 years
Clerk 2.4 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.3 years
Bakery Helper 2.0 years
Bakery Clerk 2.0 years
Seafood Clerk 1.9 years
Deli Assistant 1.9 years
Bakery Worker 1.8 years
Baker/Cashier 1.7 years
Deli Clerk 1.7 years
Bakery Associate 1.6 years
Bakery Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Bakery Clerk
Cashier 28.1%
Server 4.7%
Internship 3.5%
Volunteer 3.5%
Deli Clerk 3.5%
Waitress 3.1%
Hostess 2.9%
Clerk 2.5%
Baker 2.3%
Barista 2.1%
Top Careers After Bakery Clerk
Cashier 21.8%
Server 5.5%
Baker 4.6%
Deli Clerk 4.0%
Barista 3.1%
Internship 2.9%
Hostess 2.7%
Cook 2.7%
Clerk 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
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$29,000
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Median 50%
$33,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Hy-Vee
Highest Paying City
Novato, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Bakery Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bakery Clerk in the United States is $29,954 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $33,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Top Skills for A Bakery Clerk

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Bakery Department
  3. Package Product
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Uphold the responsibility delivering wedding cakes to event centers or desired locations.
  • Organized and directed the activities and operations of the bakery department and provide customers with exceptional customer service.
  • Greet and help customers with their bakery shopping, Stock shelves, package product, clean and close bakery.
  • Bake bread and rolls, assist customers with ordering cakes, and general running of the bakery.
  • Gained food safety and sanitation expertise.

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Top 10 Best States for Bakery Clerks

  1. Utah
  2. Oregon
  3. Alaska
  4. California
  5. Nebraska
  6. Montana
  7. North Dakota
  8. Washington
  9. Colorado
  10. New Mexico
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Bakery Clerk Resume Examples And Tips

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Bakery Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

73.4%

Male

22.3%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.1%

French

9.9%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Japanese

2.3%

Chinese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

1.7%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Swedish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Bulgarian

0.6%

Russian

0.6%

Croatian

0.6%

Romanian

0.3%
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Bakery Clerk Education

Schools

College of DuPage

8.0%

Johnson & Wales University

6.8%

Ashford University

6.1%

Arizona State University

6.1%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

5.7%

Bryant and Stratton College

5.7%

Delgado Community College

5.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

Valencia College

4.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.6%

Suffolk County Community College

4.6%

Tallahassee Community College

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Everest Institute

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

University of South Florida

4.2%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.2%

Broward College

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.8%

Northern Arizona University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

14.8%

Culinary Arts

11.1%

Medical Assisting Services

8.0%

Nursing

7.9%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

General Studies

6.4%

Psychology

6.2%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Accounting

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Biology

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Hospitality Management

2.2%

English

2.1%

Education

2.1%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

43.2%

Bachelors

21.1%

Associate

19.5%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

6.9%

Masters

1.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Updated May 18, 2020