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. The average Denny's employee earns $34K per year. The most important factor affecting pay for Denny's employees is what you do at the company, though your city and your experience level play a role as well. This report 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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The highest average salaries go to Servers, who bring in close to $86K annually, though District Managers of Food & Facilities are not far behind at $67K along with Legal Analysts (about $59K) and Restaurant General Managers (around $42K). 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 (approximately $75K per year) can be spotted in Orlando, Fla.; San Diego, Calif. ($72K), the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg, S.C. (around $59K), and Milwaukee, Wisc. ($50K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $32K) is Bakersfield, Calif. By state, Denny's pays its South Carolina employees the most; the pay rate there is $60K annually.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Denny's for between five and 10 years earn approximately $40K per year on average. The largest fraction of Denny's people (35 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $36K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Members have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $107K per year. Earning a Certified Safety Manager certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $40K annually on average. Denny's compensates Associate's Degree-holders the most at $60K per year.


Employees who count Operations Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $42K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Customer Service; more than two-fifths deem it necessary for work. People Management, Leadership, and Inventory Management are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Denny's can sometimes lack paid time off; a third of workers get paid vacation days, and one in seven employees receive paid sick leave. A majority of employees save for retirement through Denny's' 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly two in five workers, and more than a third of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Advantages of working here also include free drinks, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).

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43 %
$24,974 - $45,007
$32,278 - $48,484

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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