Low-Paying Fast-Food Jobs Cost Taxpayers Big Bucks

Here's a new wrinkle on the debate over what constitutes a reasonable wage for fast food workers: New research from the University of California at Berkeley indicates that the fast food industry costs American taxpayers $7 billion annually, thanks to the fact that 52 percent of fast food workers are forced to rely in part on public assistance.

McDonald’s Requiring Bachelor’s Degree

We know that level of education increases income earning potential. For example, Payscale reports that even fast food workers with a bachelor's degree have the potential to earn $2 to $3 more dollars per hour than other fast food workers. In Massachusetts, however, the situation is getting ridiculous.

Fast Food Jobs and What They Pay

Plenty of people start their working lives wearing a visor and asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Most then move on to higher paying gigs in other industries. While it’s true that many fast food jobs don’t pay the …

Fast Food Jobs: Salary of Fast Food Workers

Name: Tyler Zimmerman
Job Title: Fast Food Worker (Cashier)
Where: Carbondale, Illinois
Employer: Arby's
Years of Experience: 1 and a half years
Education: GED
Salary: According to PayScale's Research Center, the median salary of fast food workers ranges from $5.91 to $8.86 per hour in different U.S. cities.

Salary of Fast Food Workers

Fast food jobs vary as much as the people who work them. For some, fast food jobs are a part-time gig, for others, an entry into the job market, temporary position or a full-time career. Tyler Zimmerman is a teen who has worked for Arby's for almost two years; that's a veteran in fast food jobs.

In this Salary Story, Tyler gave us his fast food cashier job description, plus a behind-the-scenes look into the salary of fast food workers, things that annoy fast food workers, challenges of fast food restaurant jobs, factors that affect the salary of a fast food worker and current trends in fast foods. This is one super-sized combo you don't want to miss!