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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 19018$17.86/hr$14.02/hr$15.63/hr$17.38/hr$19.22/hr$21.78/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities1,490$18.54/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services50$18.74/hr
Leisure and Hospitality760$17.06/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 60$16.13/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$17.06/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$15.63/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 90$17.53/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 120$18.24/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 150$16.96/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$16.96/hr8.1%
Southeast Balance of State 170$17.38/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 190$17.38/hr7.1%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 200$14.85/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 240$17.06/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 250$17.46/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 250$18.00/hr1.1%
Northwest Minnesota 280$17.06/hr1.5%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 310$16.05/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 410$17.24/hr4.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,810$18.12/hr5.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,990$18.05/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,140$17.78/hr5.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Cooks, Restaurant 25,720$18.19/hr45.9%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7,860$18.99/hr7.5%
Cooks, Short Order 1,130$18.35/hr12.1%

  • 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.