Cook, Fast Food Salary

An average Fast Food Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $7.95 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.21 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $9.77. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. About an eighth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Fast Food Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.21 - $9.77
(Median)
$7
$8
$9
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.21 - $9.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.05  
Overtime
$1.54 - $15.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $147.95  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.75  
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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$15,020 - $21,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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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, Chick-Fil-A Inc, and Sonic Drive - In, firms that are at the top of the field. Whataburger Restaurants Lp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $18K. Chick-Fil-A Inc, Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Fast Food Cooks earning around $17K, $17K, or $16K at each firm, respectively.

With a median salary of $15K, Burger King Corporation provides Fast Food Cooks with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $18K, limiting employee salary growth. Employees at Sonic Restaurants Inc, Taco Bell Corporation, and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. can also expect below-average earnings of $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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $17K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $17K. Fast Food Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $17K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $18K, 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 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$17,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 12%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 87%
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