When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($119K per year) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind. (approximately $80K), Rosemont, Ill. ($74K), and Cincinnati, Ohio (about $69K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Roanoke, Va. — at around $57K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Indiana, where they average to $80K annually.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $77K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $59K annually on average. The largest fraction of U.S. Food Services people (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn approximately $67K per year on average.
Territory Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $79K annually — though Accounting Supervisors, Warehouse Managers, and Transportation Supervisors also do fairly well at $69K, about $64K, and $62K, respectively. Outside Sales Representatives are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $51K.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Public Accountants are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $127K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Forklift Certification is rewarded with median pay of approximately $65K annually. At U.S. Food Services, employees who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance receive the highest salaries at $142K.
Employees who count Financial Analysis among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $92K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; just under a fifth consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Operations Management, Account Management, and Field Sales.
Benefits and Perks
Only a quarter of workers enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. A fair number of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). For a large number of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and a fair number of workers get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, a casual working environment, and 401(a).