Cook, Fast Food Salary
For Fast Food Cooks, hourly average wages total $8.22 per hour. Cash earnings for Fast Food Cooks — including $1K in bonuses at the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $15K to $22K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in seven, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. Male Fast Food Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Hourly Rate||$7.31 - $10.33|
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|Overtime||$7.08 - $17.65|
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Job Description for Cook, Fast Food
A fast food cook holds an entry-level position in casual, quick-serve restaurants. Most of these establishments are part of national chains, and thus put an emphasis on consistency of output on their cooks. A fast food cook normally learn one station (including its required food preparation) and then moves to others. New fast food cooks are traditionally paired at first with more experienced cooks who gradually add more and more duties to the new cook's responsibilities. A cook at this level frequently finds that many of the processes are automated and that a variety of timers and temperature gauges take much of the judgment and guesswork out of the food-preparation process, helping the cook ensure consistent product output.Read More...
Besides consistency, a fast food restaurant looks for efficiency and speed in their cooks. The presence of automated equipment and product planning is typically made in corporate test kitchens to allow even inexperienced cooks who may be working their first paid job to rapidly gain confidence and work faster as time goes on.
The education and experience requirements for fast food cook positions are generally minimal or non-existent. Typically, a worker must be able to present documents proving a right to work and pass a drug screening. Fast food cooks normally work on their feet for the entirety of their shifts in an institutional, automated kitchen environment. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Cook, Fast Food Tasks
- Prepare a short range of menu items in a fast-food restaurant.
- Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, and tools.
- Bake, roast, fry, grill, meats, fish, and other foods.
Cook, Fast Food Job Listings
Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Fast Food
Fast Food Cooks fill the offices of leading firms Burger King Corporation, Sonic Drive - In, Chick-Fil-A Inc, Zaxby's, and McDonald's Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Jack in the Box, Inc. offers the most; Fast Food Cooks earn $18K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider McDonald's Corporation, Chick-Fil-A Inc, and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, top-paying firms where Fast Food Cooks rake in a $18K, $18K, or $18K, respectively.
Hardee's, Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $16K, $16K, and $17K.
Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Fast Food
Pay by Experience for a Cook, Fast Food has a positive trend. An entry-level Cook, Fast Food with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $17,000 based on 547 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cook, Fast Food with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $18,000 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Cook, Fast Food which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $18,000 based on 62 salaries. A Cook, Fast Food with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $18,000 based on 20 salaries.
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