Maintenance Technicians represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $27.30 per hour — though Field Service Technicians, Tractor-Trailer Drivers, and Merchandisers also do fairly well at around $20.51, $18.21, and $15.03, respectively. Near the bottom at Pepsi Bottling Group are Forklift Operators, pulling in an average of just about $14.00.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $21.07 per hour) can be spotted in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga. ($18.38), Denver, Colo. (approximately $16.85), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($16.50) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Chillicothe, Mo.; in fact, at around $10.48 it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, Pepsi Bottling Group employees make the most in California, earning $18.86 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $16.01 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $14.64 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
HVAC Journeymans are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $27.05 per hour. It pays to have an Associate's Degree at Pepsi Bottling Group — these employees make the most at around $21.02 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Electronic Troubleshooting; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $21.62 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Pepsi Bottling Group is Customer Service, with one in three considering it a key competency. Key skills also include Merchandising, Sales, and Machine Operation.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Pepsi Bottling Group; the company rewards only half of survey participants with paid vacation time and only a fifth of employees with sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Pepsi Bottling Group offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of workers, and a fair number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, a company cell phone, and free drinks.