Average Salary for Denny's Employees

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny's hires for positions ranging from Restaurant General Manager to Restaurant Manager in the eating and drinking places. Employees at Denny's make $34K per year on average. Though what you do at the company and your experience level do impact pay, where you live is the primary influence on employee salary at Denny's. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina 29319


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

Denny's (Family Restaurants)

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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.

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Key Stats for Denny's


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$29,243 - $44,202
$31,996 - $48,980
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

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