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Corporate Compensation and Benefits Survey

This annual report answers key questions for leaders in the restaurant industry regarding current and expected employee rewards practices, including valuable information about base pay and incentives as well as how restaurant companies are crafting attractive benefit packages in order to improve recruiting and retention in a tight labor market.



The 2019 results are in

The survey is distributed after the first quarter of the calendar year and is open for participation to both Workforce Intelligence clients and non-clients. The final report becomes available in late summer, and pricing for the report is variable according to each company’s membership status and participation in the survey. The survey results are included at no additional cost for Workforce Intelligence subscribers who contribute their data to this study.

The report is broken into two sections: compensation and benefits. Participants include leading restaurant brands from across the nation, and key metrics are shown at the dining segment level as well as segmented based on system-wide sales.



The compensation segment contains industry metrics such as:

  • Base salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Total cash compensation for corporate office and support center roles
  • Pay range and merit increases from the executive level in the corporate offices to the hourly level in the restaurants
  • Detailed variable pay and bonus plan structures as well as additional profit opportunities, such as equity in the company, profit sharing, etc.
  • Payroll costs broken down by department


The benefits segment focuses on the prevalence of benefit offerings in the industry, highlighting differences in usage by segment and company size and including the percentage of cost covered by the employer for commonly used benefit plan:

  • The monthly cost of PPO and HMO plans for employee-only coverage, as well as employee +1 and employee plus family coverage. Metrics are shown by position level for each of the segments and company size groupings.
  • Medical office visit copays, generic and brand name prescription copays, deductibles and out of pocket maximums by position level
  • Health benefits for part-time employees, including average cost of limited benefit plans offered, wellness program usage and commonly offered programs
  • Paid time off policies by position level, including amount of vacation time according to length of employment as well as data on savings and severance plans
  • Additional offers including company cars, dining, tuition, reimbursement, etc.
  • Corporate office staff turnover

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The 2019 Corporate Compensation & Benefits Survey is available. If you participated, you can access results in your EFC. If you did not participate, you can purchase the report here. Special discounted pricing is available for Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) members. Contact for more information on how to receive this comprehensive report.