Fast Food Worker Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Fast Food Worker is $7.73 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much between less experienced and more experienced workers. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Fast Food Worker Salary (?
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$14,105 - $40,406
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17,862
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Fast Food Worker Salary (?
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$7.16 - $8.93
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,105 - $40,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $149.67  
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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$14,906 - $19,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$5$10$15
Hourly Rate
$7.16 - $8.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$0.00 - $13.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.00 - $149.67  
   
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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$14,906 - $19,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 617
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Job Description for Fast Food Worker

A fast food worker typically works in the fast food industry, which includes many of the fast food restaurants that we know so well. The work of a fast food employee is both physical and mental. They have to work with such things as grills, microwaves, spatulas, fryers, and many other kitchen tools and utensils. The mental aspect is that a fast food worker has to work diligently and quickly to maintain a fast workflow and keep up with orders. Sometimes they may also have to run a cash register to take customers' orders, so concentration, communication, and math skills would be needed. Other responsibilities would include greeting and receiving customer orders and payment while offering menu information, answering questions, up-selling, cleaning and stocking work and customer areas, and assisting with kitchen prep. Fast food workers can work indoors or outdoors, depending on the nature of the restaurant. Mostly, however, fast food workers work inside. Fast food restaurants are typically the places that employ fast food workers. Fast food workers work with other employees like themselves, and their bosses typically consist of a general manager and assistant manager. The education required to work as a fast food worker is usually a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some places may make exceptions. It depends on the manager or particular restaurant. No certifications are required. Typical hours of operation for a fast food worker are late morning to evening time. Sometimes, depending on the hours of operation of the restaurant, fast food workers can even work graveyard shifts. A day of work for a fast food worker would be pretty busy, and lunchtime would be the busiest part of the day.
Fast Food Worker Tasks
  • Clean and stock work and customer areas.
  • Assist with kitchen prep.
  • Greet and receive customer orders and payment while offering menu information, answering questions, and up-selling.

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Experience Affects Fast Food Worker Salaries

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National Average
$16,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 3 out of 5 based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 85%