Fast Food Worker Salary

Average Fast Food Workers in the United States make around $7.83 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.17 per hour on the lower side but can approach $9.10 on the higher side. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and geographic location are driving factors as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Fast Food Workers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Though the majority of Fast Food Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Approximately one in eight enjoy medical while less than five percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,041 - $26,039
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MEDIAN: $17,862
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$7.17 - $9.10
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$14,041 - $26,039  
   
Bonus
$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).
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$14,952 - $19,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Hourly Rate
$7.17 - $9.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $13.81  
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$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).
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$14,952 - $19,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 693
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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


Dominating the field, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, Subway Restaurant Inc, Wendy's International, Inc., and Burger King Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Fast Food Workers. Fast Food Workers flock to Dunkin' Donuts for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $17K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Culver's, Chick-Fil-A Inc, and Hardee's, top-paying firms where Fast Food Workers see paychecks nearing $17K, $17K, or $16K.

Salaries are easily beat at Wendy's International, 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 $19K, range in salary is rather small. Workers at Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and McDonald's Corporation 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $16K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $17K. Fast Food Workers bring in $18K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$16,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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: 4%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 87%
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