Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $38K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (45 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $50K per year.
Marketing Specialists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $47K annually — though Restaurant Managers, Restaurant General Managers, and Assistant General Managers also do fairly well at $38K, about $38K, and around $32K, respectively.
Residents of Seattle, Wash. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $47K per year; other top-paying cities include Denver, Colo. (approximately $40K) and Indianapolis, Ind. ($37K). By state, Washington offers the highest pay at around $47K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ServSafe Food Handlers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $37K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a B.A. in Public Relations (PR); Qdoba Mexican Grill awards about $46K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Employee Relations; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $55K annually. A garden variety skill at Qdoba Mexican Grill is Leadership; roughly a third of Qdoba Mexican Grill's people use it regularly. Other skills in demand are Customer Service, Training, and Scheduling.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Benefits include paid time off, but Qdoba Mexican Grill hands out more vacation days than sick days; a majority of employees report receiving the former, but only one in six respondents report receiving the latter. Health insurance is part of the package for a strong majority of employees, and for a majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Other privileges include free drinks, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.