Cook, Fast Food Salary

The average Fast Food Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $7.89 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.20 per hour on the low end to $9.70 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the company and geography. About an eighth enjoy medical while fewer than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. Most Fast Food Cooks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Fast Food Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$7.20 - $9.70
(Median)
$7
$7
$9
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.20 - $9.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.38  
Overtime
$1.55 - $15.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $103.42  
   
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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$14,979 - $20,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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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


Many Fast Food Cooks can be found at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, and Chick-Fil-A Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Chick-Fil-A Inc pays the most with a median salary of $17K, though there is little variation overall ($16K to $21K).

Burger King Corporation offers the least pay with a median salary of $16K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $17K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $16K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $17K. 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.

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Experience Affects Cook, Fast Food Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$17,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
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: 87%
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