Assistant Fast Food Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $12.48 per hour; Restaurant Managers, Crew Leaders, and Fast Food Cooks also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $10.48, around $8.93, and about $7.87, respectively. Near the bottom at Hardee's are Pizza Cooks, pulling in an average of just $7.44.
Residents of Chattanooga, Tenn. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $11.57 per hour; other top-paying cities include Princeton, Ky. (about $7.75) and Lawrenceville, Ga. ($7.50). By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Florida, where the average salary is around $9.53 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $9.00 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (59 percent) have been working for one to four years and make approximately $7.74 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Servsafe food manager certifications receive bigger paychecks ($10.45 per hour) than those without credentials.
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 about $9.95 per hour. A relatively widespread skill at Hardee's is Customer Service; the larger part of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are Cash Handling, Cleaning, and Team Leadership.
Benefits and Perks
Around two in five workers save for retirement through Hardee's' 401(k) plan. Hardee's provides health insurance to just over two-fifths of workers, and over a third of workers do receive dental coverage. Other privileges include free drinks and flexible hours.