Fast Food District Operations Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $66K per year — though Restaurant General Managers, Restaurant Managers, and Assistant Fast Food Managers also do fairly well at $40K, approximately $34K, and $31K, respectively. With salaries averaging around $26K, Restaurant Assistant Managers are among the lowest paid at Hardee's.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($61K annually) can be spotted in Lynchburg, Va.; Johnson City, Tenn. ($61K), Montgomery, Ala. (approximately $34K), and Mountain Home, Ark. ($31K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Richmond, Va. — at around $29K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Tennessee, where salaries average out at about $55K per year.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $32K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $34K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Hardee's employees (36 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn $39K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Servsafe food manager certifications earn about $48K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Acquiring certification to be a Certified ServSafe Food Handler is rewarded with median pay of $39K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; Hardee's awards approximately $70K to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, Operations Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $43K per year. A garden variety skill at Hardee's is People Management; approximately one-half of Hardee's' people use it regularly. Customer Service, Training, and Hiring round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of employees participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for roughly a third of workers, and slightly less than a third of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are life insurance, free drinks, a company cell phone, and company car / automobile.