When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $119K annually) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind. ($80K), Phoenix, Ariz. ($65K), and Tampa, Fla. (around $65K) are the next top-paying cities. Charlotte, N.C. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $52K. By state, Illinois offers the highest pay at $80K per year.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $74K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $56K per year. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Food Services folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $67K annually.
Territory Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $79K per year; Warehouse Managers, Transportation Supervisors, and Financial Analysts also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $64K, approximately $62K, and about $62K, respectively. On the lower end are Outside Sales Representatives at $51K on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Six Sigma Black Belts are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $138K annually. Certified Public Accountants with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $127K per year. It pays to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance at U.S. Food Services — these employees make the most at $142K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Financial Analysis in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $92K per year. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among U.S. Food Services workers, with about a sixth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Operations Management, Account Management, and Field Sales.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Food Services has room for improvement — only a quarter of workers are paid for vacation and sick time. A strong majority of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. A large number of employees can count on health insurance, and a fair number of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. Some other perks are life insurance, 401(a), a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.