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Working As A Cake Decorator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cake Decorator Do

Painting and coating workers often use machines to paint and coat a wide range of products, including cars, jewelry, and ceramics.

Duties

Painting and coating workers typically do the following:

  • Set up and operate machines that paint or coat products
  • Select the paint or coating needed for the job 
  • Clean and prepare products to be painted or coated
  • Determine the required flow of paint and the quality of the coating 
  • Apply paint or coating
  • Clean and maintain tools, equipment, and work areas

Millions of items ranging from cars to furniture are coated by paint, varnish, rustproofing, or other types of liquid applications. Painting or coating is used to make a product more attractive or protect it from the elements. The paint finish on an automobile, for example, makes the vehicle more attractive and provides protection from corrosion.

Before workers begin to apply the paint or other coating, they often need to prepare the surface by sanding or cleaning it carefully to prevent dust from becoming trapped under the paint. Masking is frequently required and involves carefully covering portions of the product with tape and paper.

After the product is prepared, workers may use a number of techniques to apply the paint or coating. A common technique is dipping an item in a large vat of paint or some other coating. Spraying products with paint or another coating is also common. Many factories use automated painting systems.

The following are examples of types of painting and coating workers:

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders position the spray guns, set the nozzles, and synchronize the action of the guns with the speed of the conveyor carrying products through the machine. During the process, these workers program the machine, tend the equipment, watch gauges on the control panel, and check products to ensure that they are being painted evenly. The operator may use a manual spray gun to touch up flaws.

Dippers use power hoists to immerse products in vats of paint, liquid plastic, or other solutions. This technique is commonly used for small parts of electronic equipment, such as cell phones.

Painting, coating, and decorating workers apply coatings to furniture, glass, pottery, toys, books, and other products. Paper is often coated to give it a gloss. Silver, tin, and copper solutions are frequently sprayed onto glass to make mirrors.

Spraying machine operators use spray guns to coat metal, wood, ceramic, fabric, and paper products with paint and other coating solutions.

Transportation equipment painters are the best known group of painting and coating workers. There are three major specialties:

  • Transportation equipment workers, or automotive painters, usually refinish old or damaged cars, trucks, and buses in automotive repair and paint shops by applying paint by hand with a spray gun. Those who work in repair shops are among the most competent manual spray operators: they perform intricate, detailed work and mix paints to match the original color—a task that is especially difficult if the color has faded. Painting an old car is similar to painting other metal objects.
  • Transportation equipment painters work on new cars and oversee several automated steps. A modern car is first dipped in an anticorrosion bath, then coated with colored paint, and finally painted with several coats of clear paint to prevent damage to the colored paint.
  • Other transportation equipment painters either paint equipment that is too large to paint automatically—such as ships or giant construction equipment—or do touchup work to fix flaws in the paint that are caused by damage either during assembly or during the automated painting process.

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How To Become A Cake Decorator

Most painting and coating workers learn on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Training for new workers usually lasts from a few days to several months.

Education

Painting and coating workers in the manufacturing sector usually must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers outside of manufacturing sometimes hire workers without a high school diploma.

Taking high school courses in automotive painting is recommended.

Some automotive painters attend a technical or vocational school where they receive hands-on training and learn the intricacies of mixing and applying different types of paint.

Training

Most entry-level workers receive on-the-job training that may last from a few days to a few months.

Workers who operate computer-controlled equipment may require additional training in computer programming.

Manufacturing transportation equipment painters typically learn to paint on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Voluntary certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is recognized as the standard of achievement for automotive painters. To obtain certification, painters must pass a written exam and have at least 2 years of experience in the field. Recertification is required every 5 years. Few painting and coating workers other than automobile painters obtain certification.

ASE-approved training in refinishing taken while one is enrolled in high school, a trade or vocational school, or a community college may substitute for up to 1 year of work experience. To keep the certification, painters must retake the exam at least every 5 years.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Some workers make elaborate or decorative designs. For example, some automotive painters specialize in making custom designs for vehicles. 

Color vision. Workers must be able to blend new paint colors in order to match existing colors on a surface.

Mechanical skills. Workers must be able to operate and maintain sprayers that apply paints and coatings.

Physical stamina. Some workers must stand at their station for extended periods. Continuous standing or activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers may need to lift heavy objects. Some products that are painted or coated may weigh over 50 pounds.

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Cake Decorator Career Paths

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District Manager
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Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Operations Manager
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Account Manager
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Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Technician Shift Leader
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Specialist Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Specialist Administrator
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Store Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Owner/Operator
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Pastry Chef Assistant Lead Line Cook Kitchen Manager
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pastry Chef Assistant Lead Cook Dietary Manager
Certified Dietary Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pastry Chef Assistant Lead Cook Kitchen Manager
Cafeteria Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Owner/Operator Food Service Manager
Nutrition Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Legal Secretary Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
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$25,000
Min 10%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
Rochester, MN
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Cake Decorator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Cake Decorator in the United States is $57,978 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $134,000.

Real Cake Decorator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. South Riding, VA Jul 06, 2015 $35,838
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. Centreville, VA Sep 30, 2009 $35,479
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. Centreville, VA Sep 18, 2009 $35,479
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. Centreville, VA Mar 12, 2009 $35,479
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. Centreville, VA Mar 27, 2009 $35,479
Cake Decorator Somar Ltd. Centreville, VA Mar 28, 2009 $35,479

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Top Skills for A Cake Decorator

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Bakery Department
  3. Special Order Cakes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Personalized wedding consultations to include planning and purchase wedding cakes.
  • Assigned to the Bakery Department wherein responsibilities are divided between assisting customers with their special orders and preparing freshly baked.
  • Decorated customized special order cakes.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Decorate cakes for specialty orders for all events including weddings and shaped cakes -Decorate gourmet cakes, cupcakes, and pastries

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Cake Decorator Demographics

Gender

Female

81.1%

Unknown

9.5%

Male

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.3%

French

8.3%

German

3.2%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Italian

2.2%

Filipino

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Mandarin

1.1%

Danish

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Cherokee

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Romanian

0.4%
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Cake Decorator Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

20.7%

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

11.7%

Culinary Institute of America

5.5%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Sullivan University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

The Academy

4.3%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

2.8%

Trident Technical College

2.7%

Johnson County Community College

2.6%

Saint Louis Community College

2.4%

Oakland Community College

2.4%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Pasadena

2.3%

Valencia College

2.3%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.2%

College of DuPage

2.2%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

2.2%

Houston Community College

2.1%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

26.0%

Business

13.7%

Medical Assisting Services

6.0%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Nursing

5.1%

Psychology

5.0%

Graphic Design

4.4%

Accounting

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Fine Arts

3.6%

General Studies

3.6%

Hospitality Management

3.0%

Cosmetology

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Biology

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Management

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Associate

24.6%

Bachelors

24.4%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.7%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.1%
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