Fast Food District Operations Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $66K annually; Restaurant General Managers come in second with average earnings amounting to about $39K, while Restaurant Managers and Restaurant Assistant Managers rank near the top as well (around $34K and $26K, respectively). With salaries averaging approximately $25K, Assistant Fast Food Managers are among the lowest paid at Hardee's.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($61K per year) can be spotted in Lynchburg, Va.; Johnson City, Tenn. (about $61K), Fort Smith, Ark. ($35K), and Mountain Home, Ark. ($31K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Richmond, Va.; in fact, at around $29K it is one of the worst-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Tennessee; salaries there average to approximately $53K annually.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $32K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $33K annually. The greater proportion of employees (36 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $39K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ServSafe Food Handlers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $38K annually. At Hardee's, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at $70K.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $41K per year. People Management is a popular skill among Hardee's workers, with more than two-fifths of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Customer Relations, Customer Service, and Training.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one-half of survey participants receiving paid vacation and close to a sixth of workers receiving sick leave. The larger part of employees contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Hardee's provides health insurance to close to a third of workers, and just under one in three workers do receive dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Hardee's are free drinks, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and company car / automobile.