Bench Hand

Form dough for bread, buns, and other bakery products.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bench Hands do?

Forms dough for bread, buns, and other bakery products: Rolls dough to desired thickness with rolling pin or guides dough through rolling machine. Sprinkles flour on dough and workbench to prevent dough from sticking. Kneads dough to eliminate gases formed by yeast. Cuts dough into pieces with knife or handcutter. Adds spices, fruits, or seeds when making special rolls or breads. Weighs pieces on scales and keeps record of production. Places dough in baking pans. May cut dough into bun divisions by machine. May form dough into special shapes and add fillings or flavorings.

Should I be a Bench Hand?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Dough Molder, Hand

    How to become a Bench Hand

    Most Bench Hands have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2867%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,67,67
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