When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $82K annually) can be spotted in Las Vegas, Nev.; Orlando, Fla. ($75K), St. Louis, Mo. ($73K), and the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg, S.C. (around $58K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Williamsburg, Va.; in fact, at $32K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, Denny's employees make the most in South Carolina, earning approximately $58K per year on average.
District Managers of Food & Facilities earn the highest median pay at $67K annually, followed by Legal Analysts ($59K), Restaurant General Managers (about $44K), and Operations Managers (around $36K). On the lower end are Servers at $29K on average.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at Denny's for between five and 10 years earn approximately $39K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $37K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Safety Managers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $41K per year. Becoming a Certified Food Protection Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $40K on average. Denny's workers who hold a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) are also well compensated, earning about $63K on average.
When it comes to skills, Training seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $40K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Denny's is Customer Service, with one-half considering it a key competency. Operations Management, Leadership, and Scheduling were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Only a fifth of workers at Denny's enjoy paid vacation time, and just 9 percent can take sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Denny's provides an optional 401(k) plan, and over one-half of workers participate. More than a third of workers receive health insurance, and approximately one in three workers get dental coverage. Perks also include free drinks, food/meals on duty, a subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.