It Turns Out In-N-Out Managers Make More Money Than Most Pharmacists And Lawyers
According to The California Sun, In-N-Out restaurant managers now make more than $160,000 on average. If you're like me and re-thinking everything you thought you knew about fast food work, you are not going crazy. It's still true that fast food employees are notoriusly underpaid; it's just the In-N-Out pays more than triple the industry average.
"In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else," Saru Jayaraman, who leads the Food Labor Research Center at U.C. Berkeley, told the California Sun. "On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain."
So, what's the catch? In-N-Out, being the fair, wholesome company that they are, will only hire from within. That means every single manager at In-N-Out started from the bottom either stocking, on the clean-up crew, or taking orders at the counter.
Now, before you go feeling too bad for them, we should probably mention that associates get a pretty decent starting salary at $13 an hour, which is $2 more than California's minimum wage. Not to mention the 401(k) plans, paid vacation, and health, dental, and vision plans. You go, In-N-Out!
"Paying their associates well was just one way to help maintain that focus, and those beliefs remain firmly in place with us today." In-N-Out's Vice President of Operations Denny Warwick said In an email to the Sun.
Now, if only they'll spread the love and open some goddamn stores on the east coast or the midwest.