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Average Salary for Papa John's Pizza Employees

Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John's Pizza hires for positions ranging from Restaurant General Manager to Distribution Manager in the eating and drinking places industry. Employees at Papa John's Pizza make $29K annually on average. What you do at the company plays the largest role in compensation at Papa John's Pizza, but where you live and how long you've been working affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Papa John's Pizza typically pays:
below market
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below market
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Employer: Papa John's Pizza
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]General Manager, Restaurant (15)
$23,145 - $45,096  
[-]General Manager, Restaurant (15)
Salary$23,490 - $44,042  
Bonus$735 - $15,486  
Total Pay$23,145 - $45,096  
[+]Pizza Delivery Driver (6)
$13,925 - $23,454  
[+]Pizza Delivery Driver (6)
Bonus$1.57 - $780  
Total Pay$13,925 - $23,454  
[+]Delivery Driver (5)
$13,495 - $31,343  
[+]Delivery Driver (5)
Total Pay$13,495 - $31,343  
[+]Restaurant Manager (5)
$21,824 - $49,758  
[+]Restaurant Manager (5)
Salary$27,666 - $50,273  
Bonus$842 - $12,289  
Total Pay$21,824 - $49,758  
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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Papa John's Pizza Details

Louisville, Kentucky 40299


Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

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Distribution Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $66K — though Directors of Operations, Production Supervisors, and Fast Food District Operations Managers also do fairly well at $64K, $45K, and approximately $40K, respectively. Near the bottom at Papa John's Pizza are Pizza Store Managers, pulling in just around $34K.


Median pay is highest in Fort Worth (about $68K per year), followed by the company's headquarter city of Louisville ($56K), Garner (about $43K), and Kannapolis ($40K). Within the firm, employees working in Kentucky take home the most — approximately $56K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically around $42K. On the whole, the greater proportion of employees (36 percent) have a tenure of five to nine years and bring home $43K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications receive bigger paychecks ($64K) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Specialist is rewarded at about $46K annually. The best paid folks at Papa John's Pizza have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), earning approximately $55K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Budget Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $40K. Folks here also tend to know Operations Management; on the survey, roughly a third of workers named it in their skills portfolios. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Customer Service, People Management, and Inventory Management.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is hard to come by at Papa John's Pizza; the company rewards only two-fifths of workers with paid vacation time and only 23 percent with sick leave. A little over a half of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). About one-half of workers can count on health insurance, and nearly two in five workers have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats

34 %
66 %
$26,577 - $46,494
$28,187 - $56,726
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

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