Fast Food Worker Salary

The average Fast Food Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $7.98 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.20 per hour and $9.33. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-eighth, and fewer than one in twenty earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$14,197 - $24,200
(Median)
$14K
$18K
$24K
MEDIAN: $18,002
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$7.20 - $9.33
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$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 (?
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Fast Food Workers. International Dairy Queen, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $19K. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, and Dunkin' Donuts also offer top salaries for Fast Food Workers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $18K, $18K, and $18K, respectively.

Employees at Arby's Restaurant Group Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $16K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $15K and quickly nearing the top at only $22K. Also approaching the lower end are Hardee's, Burger King Corporation, and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., each paying $16K.

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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $18K. For some reason, Fast Food Workers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $17K.

Fast Food Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Fast Food Worker at Wendy's International, Inc.?

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.

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.

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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