What does a Baker do?

A Baker works in a bakery assisting management with the production of Baked Goods. These can include Breads, Cakes, Pastries, Bagels and many other things. Bakers are in charge of completing recipes exactingly to achieve a consistent product. Oftentimes Bakers work in commercial kitchens which have large equipment such as Industrial mixers, folders and ovens.

While a culinary degree is preferred for high-end patisseries, oftentimes a commercial bakery will provide on-the-job training. Baking is often referred to as science rather than an art. Therefore, the ability to follow verbal and written instructions is key to excelling in this field. A familiarity with weights and measurement, both metric and imperial, is highly recommended.

What responsibilities are common for Baker jobs?
  • Attend daily production meetings
  • Clean and prep all baking materials for the specific job
  • Assemble all dry and wet goods for production
  • Work alone or with a team to execute recipe
  • Utilize industrial equipment to facilitate efficient production
  • Handle all hot or dangerous items with care
  • Ensure all baked goods are stored and packaged properly
  • Adorn all Health, Sanitation and safety clothing
What are the typical qualifications for Baker jobs?
  • 3+ years experience in a relevant field
  • Firm understanding of the Metric and Imperial systems of measurements
  • Can follow detailed written or verbal instructions precisely
  • Mindset to work safely around hot or dangerous items
  • Content with adhering to all Health and Safety dress-codes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of standing for a 10 hour shift
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • Willingness to submit to a drug screen
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Baker Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,185 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $36K
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Baker Career Path

Learn how to become a Baker, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Senior Baker
Lead Baker

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Baker Insights

Read what Baker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Crumbl Cookies FranchisesCrumbl Cookies Franchises
Jun 27, 2022

“The work place is so welcoming and coming to work somewhere i love is the best.”

Crumbl Cookies FranchisesCrumbl Cookies Franchises
Sept 4, 2021

“Each task is really easy to learn and everyone who works there is really nice.”

Zai’s Dessertery
Aug 4, 2021

“Definitely high risk to apply here if you have bills and responsibilities which most of us do.”

Land of a Thousand Hills CoffeeLand of a Thousand Hills Coffee
Prep Baker
Mar 5, 2021

“The work here was so fun for me and the co workers were all so nice to work with.”

Brookings Health SystemBrookings Health System
Oct 1, 2021

“Some of the best reasons to work there is the flexibility and also the great people you get to work with.”

Bakery Associate
Dec 14, 2020

“Managers were nice and I enjoyed my day to day tasks”

Food CityFood City
Bakery Clerk
Apr 8, 2021

“People are nice and good”

Maui BreadMaui Bread
Nov 16, 2022

“Great fun awesome and cool”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Baker

When working as a Baker, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Time Management, Dexterity, Attention To Detail and Urgency.

The most similar professions to Baker are:
  • Deli Clerk
  • Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef

The most common qualifications to become a Baker is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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