When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($9.75 per hour) can be spotted in Nashville, Tenn.; Florence, S.C. (around $9.32), Raleigh, N.C. ($8.75), and Pensacola, Fla. (approximately $8.05) are the next top-paying cities. Charlottesville, Va. is near the bottom for pay at about $7.25. By state, Hardee's employees make the most in Florida, earning $9.89 per hour on average.
Assistant Fast Food Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $10.00 per hour; Restaurant Managers come in second with average earnings amounting to $9.00, while Crew Leaders and Line Cooks rank near the top as well ($8.72 and $7.93, respectively). On the lower end are Fast Food Workers at about $7.63 on average.
Years of Experience
Average pay is approximately $8.90 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of Hardee's folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $8.22 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Servsafe food manager certifications receive bigger paychecks (approximately $9.82 per hour) than those without credentials. Employees who have a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) make the most here, hauling in $8.74 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $10.13 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill among Hardee's workers, with a majority of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Food Preparation, Cash Handling, and Cleaning.
Benefits and Perks
For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Hardee's provides an optional 401(k) plan, and roughly two-fifths of workers participate. Just over two-fifths of workers can count on health insurance, and just under a third of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes free drinks, food/meals on duty, flexible hours, and 401(a).