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Who Works in Fast Food Today? [infographic]

Fast food workers in 60 cities around the country have been on strike this past week, demanding $15 an hour (or almost double the minimum wage in some areas) and the right to form unions.

Fast food workers in 60 cities around the country have been on strike this past week, demanding $15 an hour (or almost double the minimum wage in some areas) and the right to form unions.

fast food strike 

(Photo Credit: The Eyes of New York/Flickr)

Some commentators have dismissed the strike, saying that fast food jobs were never meant to be real careers, and that minimum wage, food service gigs like these are just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The problem is that fast food jobs are for-real jobs for many workers. As the infographic below shows, flipping burgers isn’t just a way for high school students to make a few extra bucks.

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Among the highlights:

– 67 percent of fast food workers are aged 20 and over.

– The median age is over 28.

– One in four adult fast food workers has a child or children.

– The majority make around $13,000 – 14,000 a year — just over poverty level for a single person, and below it for a family of two.

fast food strike infographic 

(Infographic Credit: AOL Jobs)

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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