Fast Food Worker Salary

Earnings for Fast Food Workers in the United States come in at around $8.28 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. One-seventh enjoy medical while less than 10 percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent. Most Fast Food Workers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Men make up a slight majority of Fast Food Workers (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$12,208 - $40,599
$12K
$18K
$41K
MEDIAN: $18,000
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$7.27 - $10.11
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$0$40K
Salary $12,208 - $40,599
Bonus $0.74 - $493.16
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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$15,170 - $21,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19
Hourly Data $0$15
Hourly Rate $7.27 - $10.11
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $0.91
Overtime $1.55 - $15.14
Annual Data $0$21K
Bonus $0.74 - $493.16
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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$15,170 - $21,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,028

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Job Description for Fast Food Worker

Fast food workers are responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction at their fast food restaurant. They make sure the customer’s order is received in a timely and accurate manner; depending on their establishment and position, a fast food worker may be trained in handling food before, during and after preparation. If they take customer orders, fast food workers are responsible for entering orders accurately and operating a cash register. If they are responsible for food preparation, the fast food worker ensures that orders are prepared properly, quickly and in the correct order.

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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.

Fast Food Worker Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Fast Food Worker


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Fast Food Workers include Subway Restaurant Inc, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, and Chick-Fil-A Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $20K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dunkin' Donuts, International Dairy Queen, Inc., and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, where Fast Food Workers typically earn around $20K, $19K, or $19K, respectively.

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $17K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $23K. Chick-Fil-A Inc, Burger King Corporation and Subway Restaurant Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Fast Food Worker

Pay by Experience for a Fast Food Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Fast Food Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $17,000 based on 940 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fast Food Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Fast Food Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 51 salaries. A Fast Food Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $18,000 based on 20 salaries.

Fast Food Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Fast Food Worker?

Fast Food Worker in Crown Point:
"Overall Lacking."
All crew members get is a discount on food.

Fast Food Worker in Mableton:
"Easy."
Pros: Fast paced and easy to learn.
Cons: The pay rate.

Fast Food Worker in Cottage Grove:
"Horrible."
Pros: The workers, and when it is not busy, and when customer's are nice.
Cons: Most customers are rude, treat you like dirt, don't care that you're a human.

Fast Food Worker in Oklahoma City:
Pros: My co-workers, the pay, flexibility.
Cons: The customers are assholes, strict time limit in getting food out.

Fast Food Worker in Daphne:
"Busy bee."
Pros: Some days we can get to everything we have to get prepared. But there are days we are stuck on line with guests. It can be very challenging going to compete family tasks.
Cons: The few who defy authority or rules of expectations of the companies. But in a negative way.

Fast Food Worker in Mount Pleasant:
"Somewhat stressful, has work flexibility."
Pros: The free employee meal.
Cons: The Drama. Rude customers.

Fast Food Worker in Orangevale:
"Its hard work with little pay."
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: Low pay.

Key Stats for Fast Food Worker

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 208 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Fast Food Worker Salaries

Experienced
▲9%

▲7%

Late-Career
▲3%

National Average
$17,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 85%
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