When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($76K per year) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; the company's headquarter city of Broomfield, Colo. (around $65K), Denver, Colo. ($55K), and Aurora, Colo. ($35K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $24K, Lawrence, Kan. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Illinois offers the highest pay at approximately $76K annually.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $46K per year. The greater proportion of employees (46 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $38K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Licensing Managers — their earnings average $61K per year. Restaurant General Managers are a close second at approximately $45K along with Restaurant Assistant Managers (around $38K) and Assistant General Managers ($37K).
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Servsafe food manager certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach $43K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Noodles and Company come out on top, and their salaries approach $60K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Operations Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $44K annually. People Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; just over two-fifths of Noodles and Company's people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Customer Service, Leadership, and Inventory Management as well.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of employees report contributing to a 401(k). A majority of survey participants can count on health insurance, and around half have dental coverage as a benefit. Some other perks are free drinks, gym membership, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a stock purchase plan.