In-N-Out Burger was lauded for paying its restaurant managers roughly triple the average salary of other fast food chains in California just months before the state’s Democratic leadership called for consumers to boycott the company over GOP donations.
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The average In-N-Out store manager rakes in $160,000 per year, the California Sun reported last January. Their pay also tops that of employees in traditionally lucrative occupations like architect (about $112,000) and lawyer (about $115,000).
“In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else,” said Saru Jayaraman, head of the Food Labor Research Center at U.C. Berkeley, said at the time. “On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain.”
Aside from the higher-than-average pay for store managers, In-N-Out also offers $13 per hour for its workers to start, above California’s statewide minimum wage. Workers are also eligible for 401(k) plans, health benefits and paid vacation.
“Paying [In-N-Out] 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 Warnick told the Sun.
The family-owned burger chain’s treatment of its employees appears to have had a positive impact on morale. In-N-Out ranked fourth on Glassdoor’s annual list of “Best Places to Work,” ahead of well-known brands like Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU).
California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman called for the boycott after a state filing showed In-N-Out donated $25,000 to the state’s Republican party.
"Et tu In-N-Out?" Bauman said on Twitter. "Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party. It’s time to #BoycottInNOut — let Trump and his cronies support these creeps... perhaps animal style!"
This story has been updated.