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Fast Food Worker Salary

Fast Food Workers in the United States can expect wages of $7.82 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.17 per hour and $9.09. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geographic location. Approximately one in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than five percent collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Fast Food Workers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,985 - $21,852
(Median)
$14K
$18K
$22K
MEDIAN: $17,725
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$7.17 - $9.09
(Median)
$7
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$9
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$8K$16K$24K
Salary
$13,985 - $21,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51.35  
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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$14,951 - $19,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$5$10$15
Hourly Rate
$7.17 - $9.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $13.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51.35  
   
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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$14,951 - $19,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 682
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Fast Food Worker


McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, and Burger King Corporation are top-notch employers for Fast Food Workers in this area. Dunkin' Donuts offers the largest salaries in town — $17K on average. Fast Food Workers can also look forward to large paychecks at Culver's ($17K), Chick-Fil-A Inc ($17K), and Hardee's ($16K).

With a median salary of $16K, Wendy's International, Inc. provides Fast Food Workers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $19K, limiting employee salary growth. Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and McDonald's Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $16K.

Pay by Experience Level for Fast Food Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $16K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $17K. On average, Fast Food Workers make $18K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $17K on average.

Fast Food Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Fast Food Worker at McDonald's Corporation?

Fast Food Worker in Nashua:
"Can be enjoyable with the right workers."
Pros: There can be satisfaction in every order made right. The occasional polite customer can give the job at least some meaning.
Cons: Uncooperative coworkers can at times make working difficult. Managers who are either immature or tend to micromanage can make it tempting to walk off store property during a shift.

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Experience Affects Fast Food Worker Salaries

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Mid-Career
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National Average
$16,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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