Cook, Fast Food Salary

Fast Food Cooks in the United States pull down an average of $7.87 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.19 per hour and $9.57. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career length and geography are influential factors as well. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Fast Food Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Roughly one in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance.

$7.19 - $9.57

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.19 - $9.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.47  
Overtime
$1.55 - $15.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $125.00  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$14,974 - $20,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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Job Description for Cook, Fast Food

A fast food cook holds an entry-level position in casual, quick-serve restaurants. Most of these establishments are part of national chains, and thus put an emphasis on consistency of output on their cooks. A fast food cook normally learn one station (including its required food preparation) and then moves to others. New fast food cooks are traditionally paired at first with more experienced cooks who gradually add more and more duties to the new cook's responsibilities. A cook at this level frequently finds that many of the processes are automated and that a variety of timers and temperature gauges take much of the judgment and guesswork out of the food-preparation process, helping the cook ensure consistent product output.

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Cook, Fast Food Tasks

  • Bake, roast, fry, grill, meats, fish, and other foods.
  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, and tools.
  • Prepare a short range of menu items in a fast-food restaurant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Fast Food


McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, and Chick-Fil-A Inc are top-notch employers for Fast Food Cooks in this area. Chick-Fil-A Inc pays the most with a median salary of $17K, though there is little variation overall ($16K to $21K). Those in search of high salaries should also consider Sonic Drive - In, Zaxby's, and Taco Bell Corporation, top-paying firms where Fast Food Cooks rake in a $17K, $16K, or $16K, respectively.

Fast Food Cooks will find the worst pay at Burger King Corporation, where the median salary crawls in at $15K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $17K, leaving little room for growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, and Taco Bell Corporation. Those companies pay a median salary of $16K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Fast Food

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $16K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $17K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $17K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Fast Food Cook with more than 20 years of experience can earn $18K on average.

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Experience Affects Cook, Fast Food Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$16,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 88%
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