July 20, 2024

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Raising Cane’s pays managers up to $175,000

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Despite running on Dunkin’ or lovin’ happy meals, America has a long history of underpaying the fast-food workers who make and deliver said iconic staples of the nation’s diet. But for some of the employees at Louisiana-based chicken chain Raising Cane’s, wages are no longer so poultry, or even paltry.

The industry’s changing salaries aren’t necessarily a product of sudden generosity or the ghost of Christmas future paying a visit. Rather, it’s mostly due to California’s new law which implements a $20 minimum hourly wage for fast-food employees, higher than the state’s $16 hourly minimum in other sectors.

It all means that some higher-up frontline employees are set up for six figures, as 27-year old Monique Pizano explains to the Wall Street Journal. Factoring in potential bonuses and the location of the branch, a general manager at the franchise can make up to $174,000 yearly. 

Pizano, who has been a manager  at the chain for three years now, saw her base salary increase from $79,000 to $85,000 this past March, according to the Journal. She’s also eligible for bonuses of up to $7,500 monthly for reaching certain goals—for an annual take of $175,000 in the best of circumstances.

While Cane’s base pay hike coincided with California’s FAST Act, “we had already made investments in Crew wages ahead of this change,” CEO and COO of Raising Cane’s, AJ Kumaran, said in a statement to Fortune, adding that staff’s hourly wages increased $4 over the last few years. Kumaran recently noted that a less-noticed aspect of the law is a pay increase for full-time managers to at least $83,200 annually (at Cane’s, the bar is $84,000 plus bonus, Kumaran said).

“With this move, all of our Salary Managers received a ~10% – 20% raise depending on their current Management Level,” he said, calling it a “huge win” for personnel which helped the company attract future staff. While the law had a “big impact” on the chain,…

Chloe Berger

2024-06-18 17:12:11

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