The highest paychecks go to Directors of Operations, who earn an average about $105K per year, closely trailed by Financial Analysts ($65K), Account Managers (approximately $48K), and Sous Chefs ($40K).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($85K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Miami, Fla. (around $85K), Chicago, Ill. (about $85K), and San Francisco, Calif. ($83K) are the next top-paying cities. Dulles, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $42K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Florida; salaries there average to around $85K per year.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $73K annually. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $55K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified ServSafe Food Handler certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $45K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Gate Gourmet, Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — these employees rake in $90K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Six Sigma Black Belt; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $100K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Gate Gourmet, Inc. is Data Analysis, with roughly a fifth considering it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Operations Management, Financial Analysis, and People Management.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about a quarter of survey participants receiving paid vacation and about one in eight workers receiving sick leave. Almost all respondents take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Gate Gourmet, Inc. sponsors. Gate Gourmet, Inc. provides health insurance to a majority of workers, and a majority of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Other privileges include a company cell phone and free drinks.