Cook, Fast Food Salary

For Fast Food Cooks, hourly average wages total $8.12 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Fast Food Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in seven, and fewer than one in ten earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$7.24 - $10.03
$7
$8
$10
MEDIAN: $8.12
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.24 - $10.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.22  
Overtime
$7.30 - $16.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,094 - $21,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 651

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Fast Food


Fast Food Cooks flock to Burger King Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, Chick-Fil-A Inc, Zaxby's, and McDonald's Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Jack in the Box, Inc. — the median salary there is $18K. Other leaders in compensation levels are McDonald's Corporation at $18K, Chick-Fil-A Inc at $18K, and Whataburger Restaurants Lp., where Fast Food Cooks annually earn $18K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, Hardee's, and Taco Bell Corporation, all paying $16K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Fast Food

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


For many Fast Food Cooks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $18K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $17K. Fast Food Cooks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $18K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $19K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Cook, Fast Food Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cook, Fast Food?

Cook, Fast Food in Saginaw:
"Great Place."
Pros: Hard work is recognized/ rewarded. Great management and good employees, great food, and clean restaurant.
Cons: Long hours, very late close time, wouldn't get out of work until 1-2 AM, lack of variety.

Key Stats for Cook, Fast Food

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Cook, Fast Food Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲5%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$17,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 85%
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