Years of Experience
Average pay is approximately $65K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $49K per year. The greater proportion of employees (50 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $67K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($95K per year) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan. ($85K), Rosemont, Ill. (about $65K), and Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $54K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Charlotte, N.C. at $46K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Kansas; salaries there average to around $85K annually.
Territory Sales Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $52K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Public Accountants, who make about $162K annually. Earning a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certification garners significant financial rewards of $138K per year on average. U.S. Food Services provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance — these employees rake in approximately $142K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Financial Analysis; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $90K per year. Microsoft Excel is regularly seen around here; just under one in five of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Some other standard skills here are Leadership, Customer Relationship Management, and Operations Management.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Food Services has room for improvement — only one in five employees are paid for vacation and sick time. The vast majority of survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all workers, and for a large number of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Other privileges include life insurance, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.