Median pay for Fast Food Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $8.22 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Around one in seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than five percent collect dental insurance. Male Fast Food Workers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,702 - $26,577
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MEDIAN: $18,580
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$7.24 - $9.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$13,702 - $26,577  
   
Bonus
$0.81 - $783  
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$15,123 - $21,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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$7.24 - $9.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.94  
Overtime
$1.49 - $14.92  
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$0.81 - $783  
   
Total Pay (?
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$15,123 - $21,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,018
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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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Many Fast Food Workers can be found at Subway Restaurant Inc, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, and Chick-Fil-A Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Dunkin' Donuts pays the most with a median salary of $20K, though there is little variation overall ($16K to $25K). Soaring salaries can also be found at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., International Dairy Queen, Inc., and Jack in the Box, Inc., where earnings of $20K, $19K, or $19K are standard for Fast Food Workers.

Employees at Arby's Restaurant Group Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $17K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $15K and quickly nearing the top at only $23K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Burger King Corporation, Chick-Fil-A Inc, and Wendy's International, Inc., all paying $17K.

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 $17K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $18K. Fast Food Workers bring in $19K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Fast Food Workers report making only $18K on average.

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 191 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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