What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Average Salary for Denny's Employees

Based in Spartanburg, S.C.,eating and drinking places player Denny's offers many employment opportunities, including Restaurant General Manager and Restaurant Manager positions. A salary of $35K per year is the median rate at Denny's. For the most part, employee paychecks at Denny's fluctuate depending on geography; what you do at the company and your experience level also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Read More

How This Employer Pays

Denny's typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Denny's
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]General Manager, Restaurant (28)
$31,383 - $56,320  
[-]General Manager, Restaurant (28)
Salary$35,622 - $55,087  
Bonus$0.00 - $4,848  
Total Pay$31,383 - $56,320  
[+]Restaurant Manager (23)
$27,561 - $43,449  
[+]Restaurant Manager (23)
Salary$27,181 - $40,853  
Bonus$212.99 - $5,811  
Total Pay$27,561 - $43,449  
[+]Line Cook (12)
$19,491 - $32,490  
[+]Line Cook (12)
Bonus$17.53 - $1,822  
Total Pay$19,491 - $32,490  
[+]Server (8)
$10,101 - $57,087  
[+]Server (8)
Salary$10,043 - $58,632  
Bonus$5.42 - $2,979  
Total Pay$10,101 - $57,087  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

About This Company

Spartanburg, South Carolina 29319


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

Denny's (Family Restaurants)

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($75K annually) can be spotted in Greenville, S.C.; Orlando, Fla. (approximately $75K), Las Vegas, Nev. ($61K), and the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg, S.C. (around $57K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Phoenix, Ariz.; in fact, at $38K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in South Carolina, where the average salary is about $59K per year.


The highest paychecks go to District Managers of Food & Facilities, who earn an average around $67K annually, closely trailed by Legal Analysts ($59K), Restaurant General Managers ($42K), and Restaurant Managers ($36K). Restaurant Assistant Managers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $33K.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $40K per year on average. Overall, the greater share of Denny's folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $36K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Members are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $107K per year. Earning a Certified Safety Manager certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $40K annually on average. Employees who have an Associate's Degree make the most here, hauling in about $60K per year.


When it comes to skills, Operations Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $43K annually. Customer Service is a popular skill in the Denny's workforce; more than two-fifths of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are Leadership, People Management, and Training.

Benefits and Perks

Denny's lets only a third of survey participants take paid vacation and only an eighth of respondents take sick leave. A majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Perks cover health insurance for approximately two in five workers and dental coverage for close to two-fifths of workers. The list of perks also includes free drinks, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).

Key Stats for Denny's


54 %
46 %
$24,730 - $45,379
$33,967 - $50,028
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.
$39,874 - $98,264
$33,000 - $92,500
United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.