Fast Food Worker Salary

The average Fast Food Worker in the United States earns approximately $7.98 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.20 per hour and $9.33. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Women Fast Food Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Fast Food Workers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Around an eighth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than five percent collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,197 - $24,200
(Median)
$14K
$18K
$24K
MEDIAN: $18,002
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$7.20 - $9.33
(Median)
$7
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$14,197 - $24,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51.06  
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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$15,017 - $19,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$5$10$15
Hourly Rate
$7.20 - $9.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.84  
Overtime
$0.63 - $13.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51.06  
   
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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$15,017 - $19,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 935
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fast Food Worker


McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, Subway Restaurant Inc, Wendy's International, Inc., and Chick-Fil-A Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Fast Food Workers. International Dairy Queen, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $19K. Also paying near the top of the field are Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. at $18K, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation at $18K, and Dunkin' Donuts, where Fast Food Workers annually earn $18K.

Salaries are easily beat at Arby's Restaurant Group Inc, where median pay comes to just $16K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $22K, range in salary is rather small. Workers at Hardee's, Burger King Corporation, and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $16K.

Pay by Experience Level for Fast Food Worker

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $17K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $18K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $18K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $17K.

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
$17,000

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 86%
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