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.

  • 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
  • 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
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Baker Salaries

Average Base Pay

£20,650 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£16K
Median: £21K
£27K
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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.

L2
Baker
£20,650/yr
L3
Baker Supervisor
£21,682/yr
L4
Lead Baker
£21,682/yr
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Baker Insights

Read what Baker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Zai’s Dessertery
Baker
4 Aug 2021

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

Crumbl CookiesCrumbl Cookies
Baker
4 Sep 2021

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

Land of a Thousand Hills CoffeeLand of a Thousand Hills Coffee
Prep Baker
5 Mar 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
Cook/Baker
1 Oct 2021

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

RPCSRPCS
Bakery Associate
14 Dec 2020

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

Great Harvest Bread Co.Great Harvest Bread Co.
Baker
20 Jul 2021

“Free Bread and fun work and creative”

TescoTesco
Bakery
6 Nov 2020

“Good pay and canteen is good”

Food CityFood City
Bakery Clerk
8 Apr 2021

“People are nice and good”

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Baker Interviews

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Baker jobs

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:
  • Stock Clerk
  • Deli Clerk
  • Chef
  • Line Cook

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.