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In-N-Out managers make $160,000 a year (plus free Double-Doubles?)

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Once upon a time a burger flipper was a pejorative, signaling you had reached your career potential as a minimum-wage fast food slinger. But The California Sun, a daily newsletter from a former New York Times staffer, alerts us that employees at cult West Coast burger purveyors In-N-Out are raking in the beef: Annual salaries of its restaurant managers are upward of $160,000. That’s triple the average of managers at other chains, according to The California Sun. That’s about double-double what I envisioned a position like that would pay.


In-N-Out has a history of treating its employees well—paying them above the minimum wage, with health insurance and 401k benefits. It was named No. 4 on a Glassdoor list of best places to work in 2018, one place above Google. And, lest we not mention, In-N-Out really is one helluva cheeseburger. Read the rest of the story on The California Sun.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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Caveat: In some places in California, $160,000/year is middle class. So, perspective.

I like their crazy extruded fries better than the burgers, but I best like taking out-of-state visitors there for the funny novelty value of the name. It’s a fine California institution, and it’s good to hear that they’re treating their employees and managers well.