Average Salary for Denny's Employees

Operating out of Spartanburg, S.C., eating and drinking places company Denny's employs talent in positions ranging from Restaurant General Manager to Restaurant Manager. The average Denny's employee earns $34K annually. Denny's paychecks are largely negotiated based on what you do at the company, though your city and how long you've been working are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina 29319


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

Denny's (Family Restaurants)

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Servers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $86K per year — though District Managers of Food & Facilities, Legal Analysts, and Restaurant General Managers also do fairly well at $67K, around $59K, and about $42K, respectively. Near the bottom at Denny's are Restaurant Assistant Managers, pulling in an average of just $31K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($75K annually) can be spotted in Orlando, Fla.; San Diego, Calif. (approximately $72K), the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg, S.C. ($59K), and Milwaukee, Wisc. ($50K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Bakersfield, Calif. at about $32K. The highest pay by state can be found in South Carolina, where salaries average out at around $60K per year.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $40K annually. Overall, the greater share of Denny's folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $36K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Members earn about $107K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Becoming a Certified Safety Manager can certainly pay off here; those folks make $40K on average. The highest-paying degree here is an Associate's Degree; Denny's awards around $60K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $42K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Denny's is Customer Service; just over two-fifths of employees use it for work. Many workers are also familiar with People Management, Leadership, and Inventory Management.

Benefits and Perks

A third of respondents receive paid vacation, and only one in seven respondents get sick leave. The larger part of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Roughly two in five workers receive health insurance, and over a third of workers get dental coverage. Perks also include free drinks, life insurance, a company cell phone, and 401(a).

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Key Stats for Denny's


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43 %
$24,974 - $45,007
$32,278 - $48,484
Less than 1 year
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
$39,804 - $101,736
$33,000 - $92,500

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