When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $12.67 per hour) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. (around $11.50), Charlotte, N.C. ($10.00), and Columbus, Ohio ($9.32) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Birmingham, Ala.; in fact, at approximately $8.33 it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at $12.76 per hour.
Restaurant Assistant Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $12.99 per hour — though Bakers, Catering Coordinators, and Retail Shift Supervisors also do fairly well at $12.45, around $11.34, and about $11.10, respectively. Cashiers make an average $8.86, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $11.06 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (59 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $9.54 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Servsafe food manager certifications receive bigger paychecks (approximately $12.99 per hour) than those without credentials. Employees who have a Certificate (Cert), Culinary Arts make the most here, hauling in $13.00 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $12.13 per hour. A common skill in Panera Bread Company's work force is Customer Service; a strong majority of survey participants report using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly one in three workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Panera Bread Company sponsors. Perks cover health insurance for just over two-fifths of workers and dental coverage for just under a third of workers. Privileges also include food/meal discounts, free drinks, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and company store discount.