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Fast Food Worker Salary

Pay for Fast Food Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $7.80 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.17 per hour, and the top verges on $9.07. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but experience level and geography are influential factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. About one in eight enjoy medical while fewer than one in twenty get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Men working as Fast Food Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$7.17 - $9.07
MEDIAN: $7.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Hourly Rate
$7.17 - $9.07  
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.97  
$0.00 - $13.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $50.22  
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).
$14,942 - $19,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 659

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Fast Food Workers. For Fast Food Workers, comfortable salaries can be found at Dunkin' Donuts; in fact, median earnings sit around $17K, the highest in the area. Fast Food Workers will also find cushy salaries at Chick-Fil-A Inc (+$17K), Taco Bell Corporation (+$17K), and Hardee's (+$16K).

The lowest salaries can be found at Wendy's International, Inc. — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $19K. McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Burger King Corporation, and McDonald's Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $16K-paychecks 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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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 164 votes.


48 %
52 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 86%