Assistant Fast Food Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $11.17 per hour — though Fast Food Managers, Restaurant Managers, and Crew Leaders also do fairly well at $9.93, about $9.64, and around $7.88, respectively. Fast Food Cooks are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $7.48.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $8.67 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (58 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $8.03 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $9.75 per hour) can be spotted in Stockton, Calif.; Baltimore, Md. (about $8.70), Indianapolis, Ind. ($8.24), and Colorado Springs, Colo. (approximately $8.01) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($7.25) in Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Illinois, where the average McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. employee makes approximately $9.00 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ServSafe Food Handlers receive bigger paychecks (about $9.57 per hour) than those without credentials. At McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest pay at $11.05.
Employees who count Training among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $9.95 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; the larger part of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Food Preparation, Cash Handling, and People Management.
Benefits and Perks
McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. lets only one in four employees take paid vacation and only an eighth of employees take sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and just under one in three workers use it to save for retirement. McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. provides health insurance to just over two-fifths of workers, and just under a third of workers do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are free drinks, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.