Occupational Employment Statistics


51-3011 Bakers

Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods. Pastry chefs in restaurants and hotels are included with "Chefs and Head Cooks" (35-1011).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 27034$13.56/hr$10.31/hr$11.01/hr$12.14/hr$14.95/hr$19.16/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities1,170$14.82/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services70$16.44/hr
Leisure and Hospitality530$14.42/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Balance of State N/A$12.71/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$13.74/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$12.20/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$12.85/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$14.52/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 110$12.99/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$14.57/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$13.52/hr-2.5%
St Cloud MN MSA 140$13.55/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$12.87/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 170$12.02/hr-20.6%
Southeast Minnesota 200$13.81/hr3.1%
Northwest Balance of State 240$12.05/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 270$13.72/hr5.0%
Northwest Minnesota 270$12.14/hr-11.0%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 270$14.57/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,480$15.16/hr8.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,570$15.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,510$14.44/hr4.6%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cooks, Restaurant 28,480$14.29/hr7.2%
Cooks, Short Order 720$13.79/hr-4.4%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 10,090$20.16/hr-11.4%

  • Check the quality of raw materials to ensure that standards and specifications are met.
  • Check equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary.
  • Prepare or maintain inventory or production records.
  • Set oven temperatures and place items into hot ovens for baking.
  • Check products for quality and identify damaged or expired goods.
  • Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings to baked goods, using spatulas or brushes.
  • Observe color of products being baked and adjust oven temperatures, humidity, or conveyor speeds accordingly.
  • Place dough in pans, molds, or on sheets and bake in production ovens or on grills.
  • Direct or coordinate bakery deliveries.
  • Set time and speed controls for mixing machines, blending machines, or steam kettles so that ingredients will be mixed or cooked according to instructions.