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Average Salary for Denny's Employees

Operating out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, eating and drinking places company Denny's employs talent in positions ranging from Restaurant Manager to Restaurant General Manager. Compensation for Denny's employees tends to be around $34K per year. Your role at the company influences pay for Denny's workers the most, followed by your city and your experience level. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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)
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.
[-]Restaurant Manager (27)
$24,879 - $45,738  
[-]Restaurant Manager (27)
Salary$24,730 - $43,390  
Bonus$0.00 - $5,017  
Total Pay$24,879 - $45,738  
[+]General Manager, Restaurant (24)
$31,079 - $57,381  
[+]General Manager, Restaurant (24)
Salary$35,101 - $56,177  
Bonus$-0.50 - $5,872  
Total Pay$31,079 - $57,381  
[+]Line Cook (12)
$19,121 - $32,490  
[+]Line Cook (12)
Bonus$8.41 - $1,660  
Total Pay$19,121 - $32,490  
[+]Restaurant Assistant Manager (8)
$21,432 - $44,471  
[+]Restaurant Assistant Manager (8)
Salary$23,164 - $40,891  
Bonus$208.62 - $4,661  
Total Pay$21,432 - $44,471  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Denny's Details

Spartanburg, South Carolina 29319


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

Denny's (Family Restaurants)

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Bringing in the most money are Servers — their earnings average about $86K. Legal Analysts are a close second at $59K along with Restaurant General Managers ($44K) and Restaurant Managers (approximately $37K). At $32K, Restaurant Assistant Managers are among the lowest paid at Denny's.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $75K annually) can be spotted in Greenville; San Diego (approximately $72K), Orlando ($68K), and the company's headquarter city of Spartanburg (around $57K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $37K, Phoenix is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Denny's workers in South Carolina earn the most — $59K per year on average.

Years of Experience

Once employees enter the five- to ten-year zone, average salaries hits the $40K mark. A typical employee has one to four years of experience and earns around $34K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Members have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $107K. Salaries typically rise to about $43K per year for accredited Certified Safety Professional s. Regarding salaries and education, Denny's pays those with an Associate's Degree, Business Management the most — approximately $59K.


In this position, it pays to have Operations Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $45K. Customer Service is regularly seen around here; more than two-fifths of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Key skills also include People Management, Food Preparation, and Training.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about 35 percent receiving paid vacation and nearly one in eight workers receiving sick leave. To plan for old age, more than half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. At Denny's, nearly two in five workers have health insurance, and around two in five workers have dental coverage. Privileges also include free drinks, life insurance, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats

50 %
50 %
$24,463 - $55,142
$33,817 - $49,132
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

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