Servers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $86K per year on average; District Managers of Food & Facilities are next on the list, bringing in close to $67K, followed by Legal Analysts earning around $59K and Restaurant General Managers making $42K. On the lower end are Restaurant Assistant Managers at about $32K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $75K annually) can be spotted in Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev. ($61K), the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg, S.C. (approximately $58K), and Milwaukee, Wisc. ($50K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $32K) is Bakersfield, Calif. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of around $59K per year) in South Carolina.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $39K annually. The largest fraction of Denny's people (36 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $37K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Safety Managers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $40K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Food Protection Professional is rewarded with median pay of about $39K per year. Regarding salaries and education, Denny's pays those with an Associate's Degree the most — approximately $60K.
In this position, it pays to have Operations Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $41K annually. A garden variety skill at Denny's is Customer Service; just over two-fifths of Denny's' people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Leadership, People Management, and Inventory Management.
Benefits and Perks
Only 28 percent at Denny's enjoy paid vacation time, and just an eighth of respondents can take sick leave. Denny's sponsors a 401(k) program, and a majority of respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Perks cover health insurance for about two in five workers and dental coverage for over a third of workers. A few more workplace perks are free drinks, life insurance, a company cell phone, and flexible hours.