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Working As A Pastry Baker

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  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pastry 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 Pastry 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
Pastry Chef 2.9 years
Baker Helper 2.2 years
Baker 2.1 years
Bread Baker 2.0 years
Pastry Baker 2.0 years
Baker Apprentice 1.9 years
Baker's Assistant 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Pastry Baker
Baker 20.0%
Internship 7.1%
Cashier 6.7%
Line Cook 4.2%
Chef 4.2%
Manager 3.8%
Cook 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%
Prep Cook 2.5%
Sous Chef 2.5%
Server 2.1%
Hostess 2.1%
Top Careers After Pastry Baker
Baker 18.9%
Pastry Chef 17.5%
Line Cook 6.6%
Cook 3.8%
Sous Chef 3.8%
Chef 2.8%
Custodian 2.4%
Instructor 2.4%
Owner 2.4%

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Pastry Baker Demographics

Gender

Female

51.4%

Male

34.1%

Unknown

14.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

21.4%

Black or African American

9.6%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

German

27.3%

Russian

9.1%

Filipino

9.1%

Tagalog

9.1%
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Pastry Baker Education

Schools

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

17.3%

Johnson & Wales University

11.5%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

The Academy

5.8%

University of Southern Maine

3.8%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Pasadena

3.8%

Culinary Institute of America

3.8%

Naugatuck Valley Community College

3.8%

Hudson County Community College

3.8%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.8%

Amridge University

3.8%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

3.8%

Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College

3.8%

Arizona Culinary Institute

3.8%

Long Beach City College

3.8%

Los Angeles City College

3.8%

Stratford University

3.8%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin

3.8%

Culinary Tech Center

3.8%

State University of New York Oneonta

1.9%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

49.0%

Business

13.7%

Liberal Arts

5.9%

Accounting

3.3%

Food And Nutrition

2.6%

Hospitality Management

2.6%

General Studies

2.6%

Management

2.0%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Political Science

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Photography

1.3%

Social Sciences

1.3%

Military Applied Sciences

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

English

1.3%

Theatre

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

32.4%

Associate

28.1%

Bachelors

18.9%

Certificate

15.7%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Worcester, MA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Pastry Baker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pastry Baker in the United States is $69,878 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Pastry Baker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bread/Pastry Baker Paris Baguette, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 21, 2012 $34,798
Korean Pastry Baker New York Bakery Corp Aurora, CO May 05, 2009 $33,976
Pastry Baker Sin Jin Dining Corp Upper Darby, PA Aug 26, 2016 $32,968
Pastry Baker/Sculptor Orchard King Corporation New York, NY Jul 09, 2015 $31,741
Polish Pastry Baker Rich's Foods & Liquors, Inc. Harwood Heights, IL Jun 01, 2012 $30,000
Pastry Baker Hermano's Bakery Corp Passaic, NJ Aug 18, 2008 $27,486
Pastry Baker Hermano's Bakery Corp Passaic, NJ Mar 09, 2009 $27,486
Pastry Baker Ankara Bakery Inc. NJ Apr 15, 2014 $27,131
Mexican Specialty Bread & Pastry Baker Mexicalists Food Specialists Inc. Painesville, OH Oct 15, 2010 $26,790
Bakers, Pastry Ramy & Associates, DBA Good Earth Restaurant & Bak CA Feb 05, 2008 $25,044
Baker, Filipino Pastry Valerio's Tropical Bakeshop Inc. West Covina, CA Sep 12, 2015 $24,357
Baker, Break & Pastry Gian & Piero Bakery NY Aug 29, 2008 $23,249
Baker/Pastry Maker Provence L.L.C. D/B/A Balthazar Bakery Englewood, NJ Apr 05, 2011 $21,642
Baker/Pastry Maker Provence L.L.C. D/B/A Balthazar Bakery Englewood, NJ Sep 11, 2008 $21,642

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Top Skills for A Pastry Baker

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Dinner Bread
  3. Breakfast Pastries
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  • Proofed breakfast pastries such as croissants and Danish.
  • Prepared and served bakery items while adhering to product recipes and specifications.
  • Served bakery customers daily with professional and effective customer service.
  • Follow and ensure compliance with food safety handling policies and procedures.
  • Determine variety and quantity of goods to bake by reviewing production schedule.

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Top 10 Best States for Pastry Bakers

  1. Vermont
  2. North Dakota
  3. Minnesota
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Wyoming
  6. Utah
  7. Nevada
  8. Hawaii
  9. New Jersey
  10. Alaska
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