Average Salary for Denny's Employees

Based in Spartanburg, S.C.,eating and drinking places sector player Denny's offers many employment opportunities, including Restaurant Manager and Restaurant General Manager positions. A typical Denny's employee can expect to make $34K per year. Your job title primarily drives compensation; however, your city and your experience level are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Denny's. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Denny's typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Denny's
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
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[-]Restaurant Manager (24)
$24,665 - $45,770  
[-]Restaurant Manager (24)
Salary$24,417 - $42,595  
Bonus$0.00 - $5,034  
Total Pay$24,665 - $45,770  
[+]General Manager, Restaurant (23)
$30,999 - $56,243  
[+]General Manager, Restaurant (23)
Salary$34,963 - $55,061  
Bonus$0.00 - $5,817  
Total Pay$30,999 - $56,243  
[+]Line Cook (11)
$19,054 - $32,601  
[+]Line Cook (11)
Bonus$9.79 - $1,848  
Total Pay$19,054 - $32,601  
[+]Server (7)
$8,872 - $55,905  
[+]Server (7)
Salary$9,530 - $64,666  
Bonus$3.84 - $1,279  
Total Pay$8,872 - $55,905  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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About This Company

Spartanburg, South Carolina 29319


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

Denny's (Family Restaurants)

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Typically, Servers are the best paid with salaries hovering at about $86K; Legal Analysts, Restaurant General Managers, and Restaurant Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $59K, $43K, and $38K, respectively. Denny's hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Restaurant Assistant Managers ($32K).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $75K annually) can be spotted in Greenville; San Diego (around $72K), the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg ($57K), and Los Angeles (about $55K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Milpitas; in fact, at $35K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in South Carolina, where the average Denny's employee makes approximately $59K per year.

Years of Experience

Average pay is typically $40K for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home around $34K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $107K for National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Members; non-accredited workers make much less. Earning a Certified ServSafe Food Handler certification garners significant financial rewards of $39K per year. Those with an Associate's Degree, Business Management at Denny's come out on top, and their salaries approach about $59K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $45K. A garden variety skill at Denny's is Customer Service; approximately half of Denny's' people use it regularly. Other top skills include People Management, Training, and Leadership.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 37 percent receiving paid vacation and one in eight workers receiving paid sick days. More than half of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Roughly two in five workers receive health insurance, and around two in five workers get dental coverage. Denny's employees also enjoy perks such as free drinks, life insurance, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Denny's


52 %
48 %
$24,511 - $54,833
$33,561 - $48,605
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

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