Cook, Fast Food Salary

Median pay for Fast Food Cooks in the United States is around $8.12 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Around one in seven enjoy medical while fewer than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.24 - $10.04
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MEDIAN: $8.12
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.24 - $10.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.21  
Overtime
$7.31 - $16.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$196.53  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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$15,091 - $21,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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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


Burger King Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, Chick-Fil-A Inc, Zaxby's, and McDonald's Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Fast Food Cooks. Fast Food Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jack in the Box, Inc., where the average salary comes to $18K. Fast Food Cooks will also find cushy salaries at McDonald's Corporation (+$18K), Chick-Fil-A Inc (+$18K), and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation (+$18K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Hardee's ($16K), Sonic Drive - In ($16K), and Zaxby's ($17K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Fast Food

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


For Fast Food Cooks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $17K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $18K. On average, Fast Food Cooks make $18K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
68%
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
▲6%

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$17,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
68%
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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