Average Fast Food Workers in the United States make around $8.24 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Men working as Fast Food Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. 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 seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in twenty collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,365 - $39,931
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MEDIAN: $19,478
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$7.26 - $9.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,365 - $39,931  
   
Bonus
$0.81 - $783  
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$15,142 - $21,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Hourly Rate
$7.26 - $9.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.94  
Overtime
$1.52 - $14.94  
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.81 - $783  
   
Total Pay (?
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$15,142 - $21,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,055

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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


Fast Food Workers flock to Subway Restaurant Inc, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, and Chick-Fil-A Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. offers the most; Fast Food Workers earn $20K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Dunkin' Donuts, International Dairy Queen, Inc., and Jack in the Box, Inc., top-paying firms where Fast Food Workers rake in a $20K, $19K, or $19K, respectively.

Fast Food Workers will find the worst pay at Arby's Restaurant Group Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $17K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $23K, leaving little room for growth. Workers at Burger King Corporation, Macdonalds, and Chick-Fil-A Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Fast Food Worker

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $17K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $18K. Fast Food Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $19K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $18K on average.

Fast Food Worker Reviews

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

Fast Food Worker in Chalmette:
"The store I work for is something different for sure."
Pros: The thing I like the most are the people I work with, and some of the customers that make my day better/
Cons: The pay doesnt equal out to the amount of work I do for the company every day. The rude and disrespectful customers and some employees that come to the company or through the drive through is sometimes to me not worth going to work for. The less then helpful employees at the job makes my job that much more difficult to do.

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 194 votes.
065
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Fast Food Worker Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$17,000

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 86%
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