Fast Food Worker Salary
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.Read More...
Most fast food workers work indoors in a climate-controlled environment. Some restaurants may require fast food workers to go outside and take orders from cars if the drive-thru is particularly busy. Additionally, some fast food establishments have an outdoor dining area where fast food workers take orders from customers and maintain general cleanliness of the area. When handling food, fast food workers must adhere to all safety and sanitary regulations and guidelines; they also need to provide high-quality customer service at all times and ensure dining areas are clean.
A high school diploma or equivalent may be required for fast food worker positions; however, individuals may obtain the job with no education. Previous experience in fast food or customer service may be required or preferred as well. Training for fast food positions is generally provided on the job, with an experienced team member providing training and the worker learning about safety and health standards through video, computer or in-person training by a supervisor or manager.
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
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.