News – “In-N-Out employees can work their way up to $160,000 a year with no degree or previous experience” – There’s a secret sauce to In-N-Out Burger’s success. It pays employees really well.

The West Coast burger sensation pays store managers an average yearly salary of more than $160,000, which is about triple the industry average, according to the latest California Sun newsletter. There is no college degree or previous management experience required.

To put this into perspective, tech workers in Silicon Valley earn on average $114,654 for the year, according to a survey from hiring platform Dice.

“In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else,” Saru Jayaraman, an advocate for restaurant workers in the Bay Area and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, told California Sun’s Mike McPhate. “On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain.”

Employees start at a higher-than-average salary of at least $13 an hour and have the opportunity to advance to six figures as a store manager. A typical architect in California makes about $112,000 a year, while a lawyer rakes in $117,000, according to jobs site Indeed.

in n out hot burgerEmployees at In-N-Out Burger say they’re more satisfied than others at tech giants like Google and Microsoft.Melia Robinson/Business Insider

The burger chain offers benefits including 401(k) plans, paid vacation, and dental and vision coverage for part- and full-time employees — a rarefied package in the fast-food industry. In a Glassdoor ranking of the best places to work in 2018, In-N-Out earned the No. 4 spot and beat out tech giants like Google and Microsoft. It was the only restaurant chain in the top 50.

Sent in my application before I even finished reading the article.


  1. mattwalker67

    this goes with my one post of it being one of the best companies to work for. this is awesome. If they only had east coast locations.

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