These days, a six-figure salary can be hard to come by. Unless, actually, you work at a burger joint.
According to a new report in the California Sun, In-N-Out, the iconic California burger chain, revealed that it pays its employees quite handsomely. And branch managers are paid best of all, making an average of $160,000 a year. Yes, really, that many zeros.
According to the California Sun, that salary figure is about triple the industry average, and is about $47,000 more than the average lawyers and software engineers make in the same state.
“In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else,” Saru Jayaraman, who leads the Food Labor Research Center at U.C. Berkeley, said. “On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain.”
Denny Warnick, vice president of operations, told the California Sun in an email that the chain has always valued its employees right from the start, since it was founded in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder.
“Paying their associates well was just one way to help maintain that focus, and those beliefs remain firmly in place with us today,” Warnick said.
And it’s not just branch managers who are making a great living with In-N-Out. Employees make at least $13 an hour to start and are eligible for company benefits like paid time off, retirement plans, and health insurance.
Truly, this level of care for its employees is paying off. According to Indeed, the company has a 4.4 out of 5 rating by its employees, with 91 percent of people saying they’d recommend working at In-N-Out to friends. A full 97 percent of employees also said they approve of the CEO as well. It’s no surprise then, as California Sun pointed out, that In-N-Out ranked as the fourth best company to work for in America.