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).