Assistant Manager for $6/hr?

$12,000 is a Salary?

This ad was in my local paper, with 5 local Domino’s stores looking for shift and assistant managers for $12K-$18K/yr “salary”.

Now, I know that I’m spoiled in how much I make. I spent my fair share at the bottom of the rung of the employment ladder, washing dishes, making tacos, loading turkeys at 3:00am and a host of other jobs. But, are things really that bad where an assistant manager gets minimum wage?

Most annual salaries are calculated at 2000 hours per year, which is 40 hours a week for the year, minus 2 weeks for a few days off and holidays. At 2000 hours, MN minimum wage (for large employers, which the national pizza chain should qualify) is $6.15 an hour which is $12,300/yr.

The real kicker is that “salary” usually means you’re an “exempt” employee, which means that you are exempt from overtime pay. That means that the person who lands one of these jobs may find themselves putting in 50-60 hours a week instead of 40, which turns the already low $6/hr into something more like $4.80 or $4.00/hr instead.

Is it just Domino’s or are other places paying this little too? Is it possible you could make more delivering for Domino’s than for being in charge of the place?

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    Now that’s just ri-damn-diculous. I suppose maybe you could argue it in terms of management experience and compare it to an internship. But, I mean, this is Dominos, not a marketing firm.

    Sounds for sure like you’d make more driving than you would managing.

  2. Joe (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    Depending on the number of deliveries in a night – drivers do make more than supervisors/managers. It’s pretty sad actually.

    However, it kind of balances out once you start having car trouble…

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