Average Entry-Level Fast Food Worker Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Fast Food Worker is $8.23.
MEDIAN $8.23
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Hourly Rate
$7 - $10
$1 - $102
Total Pay
$15,093 - $21,581

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Job Description for Fast Food Worker

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.
The top respondents for the job title Fast Food Worker are from the companies Subway Restaurant Inc, Wendy's International, Inc. and Chick-Fil-A Inc. Reported salaries are highest at McDonald's Corporation where the average pay is $8.35. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Chick-Fil-A Inc and Burger King Corporation, earning around $8.33 and $8.24, respectively. Subway Restaurant Inc pays the lowest at around $7.68. Wendy's International, Inc. and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $8.13 and $8.16, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fast Food Worker

An early career Fast Food Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $8.38 based on 1,093 salaries. A mid-career Fast Food Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.03 based on 138 salaries. An experienced Fast Food Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.15 based on 71 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $9.

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