Cook, Fast Food Salary

Average Fast Food Cooks in the United States make around $7.88 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.19 per hour and $9.64. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Fast Food Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to around an eighth, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage.

$7.19 - $9.64
(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
$7.19 - $9.64  
   
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 - $103.04  
   
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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$14,972 - $20,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Fast Food Cooks include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, and Chick-Fil-A Inc. With a median salary of $17K, Chick-Fil-A Inc offers Fast Food Cooks the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $16K and are capped at $21K.

Salaries are easily beat at Burger King Corporation, where median pay comes to just $16K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $17K, range in salary is rather small.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $16K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $17K. Fast Food Cooks see a median salary of $17K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $19K on average.

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Experience Affects Cook, Fast Food Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$16,000


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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