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Cook, Fast Food Salary

Median pay for Fast Food Cooks in the United States is around $7.86 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.19 per hour and $9.46. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Fast Food Cooks survey respondents are men (76 percent). For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. One-eighth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance.

$7.19 - $9.46
(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 - $9.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.53  
Overtime
$1.50 - $15.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $194.89  
   
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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$14,970 - $20,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450
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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


Fast Food Cooks flock to McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. With a median salary of $17K, Sonic Drive - In offers Fast Food Cooks the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $15K and are capped at $19K.

Salaries are easily beat at Burger King Corporation, where median pay comes to just $15K, 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $16K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $17K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $17K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Fast Food Cook generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $19K.

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Experience Affects Cook, Fast Food Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$16,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 87%
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