Fast Food Worker Salary

For Fast Food Workers, hourly average wages total $8.25 per hour. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Men make up a slight majority of Fast Food Workers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one-seventh, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,365 - $39,931
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$19K
$40K
MEDIAN: $19,478
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$7.26 - $10.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,365 - $39,931  
   
Bonus
$0.81 - $783  
Total Pay (?
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$15,149 - $21,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$5$10$15
Hourly Rate
$7.26 - $10.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.98  
Overtime
$1.53 - $14.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.81 - $783  
   
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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$15,149 - $21,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,022

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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

  • Greet and receive customer orders and payment while offering menu information, answering questions, and up-selling.
  • Assist with kitchen prep.
  • Clean and stock work and customer areas.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fast Food Worker


Subway Restaurant Inc, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, and Chick-Fil-A Inc are among the top companies that take on many Fast Food Workers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. — the median salary there is $20K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Dunkin' Donuts, International Dairy Queen, Inc., and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, top-paying firms where Fast Food Workers rake in a $20K, $19K, or $19K, respectively.

With a median salary of $17K, Arby's Restaurant Group Inc provides Fast Food Workers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $23K, limiting employee salary growth. Chick-Fil-A Inc, Burger King Corporation, and Subway Restaurant Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $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 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 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.

Key Stats for Fast Food Worker

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
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

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
no benefits
None: 85%
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