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Fast Food Worker Salary (United States)

For Fast Food Workers, hourly average wages total $7.75 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.16 per hour on the low end to $8.98 on the high end. The company and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around an eighth enjoy medical while less than one-tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Fast Food Workers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Fast Food Worker Salary (?
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$13,962 - $40,134
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17,862
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Fast Food Worker Salary (?
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$7.16 - $8.98
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $7.00
10%
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,962 - $40,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $98.87  
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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$14,906 - $19,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$5$10$15
Hourly Rate
$7.16 - $8.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.30  
Overtime
$0.00 - $13.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Bonus
$0.00 - $98.87  
   
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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$14,906 - $19,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 627
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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

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, and Burger King Corporation are top-notch employers for Fast Food Workers in this area. Fast Food Workers flock to Dunkin' Donuts for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $17K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Chick-Fil-A Inc, Hardee's, and Taco Bell Corporation, top-paying firms where Fast Food Workers rake in a $17K, $16K, or $16K, respectively.
Fast Food Workers will find the worst pay at Wendy's International, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $19K, leaving little room for growth. McDonald's Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Burger King Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $16K-paychecks on average.
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Experience Affects Fast Food Worker Salaries

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National Average
$16,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 3 out of 5 based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 85%