Cake Decorators rake in the most money, with average earnings of $14.52 per hour; Bakers come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $14.00, while Cashiers and Deli Clerks rank near the top as well ($10.35 and around $9.25, respectively).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $14.30 per hour) can be spotted in Appleton, Wisc.; Fond Du Lac, Wisc. ($12.96), Fort Atkinson, Wisc. ($11.79), and Green Bay, Wisc. (about $11.68) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of La Crosse, Wisc. — at around $9.24, salaries are some of the lowest in the country.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $10.75 per hour on average. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $11.80 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified ServSafe Food Handler certainly has its perks — salaries approach $12.32 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Regarding pay and education, Festival Foods pays those with a Bachelor's Degree the most — about $15.00.
In this position, it pays to have Data Entry in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $11.00 per hour. A garden variety skill at Festival Foods is Customer Service; the greater part of Festival Foods' people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Customer Relations, Cash Handling, and Food Preparation.
Benefits and Perks
A strong majority of workers report contributing to a 401(k). Approximately one-half of workers can count on health insurance, and more than two-fifths of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Festival Foods also dishes out privileges such as company store discount, employee stock ownership plan (esop), stock options, a casual working environment, and life insurance.