Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for fast food workers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 36,834 fast food workers currently employed in the United States.
  • 53.0% of all fast food workers are women, while 47.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed fast food worker is 24 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of fast food workers is White (62.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18.9%), Asian (7.6%) and Black or African American (7.1%).
  • In 2021, women earned 101% of what men earned.
  • 7% of all fast food workers are LGBT.
  • Fast food workers are 64% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Fast Food Worker Statistics By Gender

53.0% of fast food workers are women and 47.0% of fast food workers are men.

  • Female, 53.0%
  • Male, 47.0%

Fast Food Workers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female53.0%
Male47.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Fast Food Worker

Women Earn $1.01 For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$25,235
female-income
Female Income
$25,506

Fast Food Worker Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the fast food worker position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Fast Food Worker Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201038.27%61.73%
201138.27%61.73%
201242.33%57.67%
201341.49%58.51%
201444.06%55.94%
201541.36%58.64%
201643.67%56.33%
201744.58%55.42%
201844.75%55.25%
201945.93%54.07%

Fast Food Worker Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, busboy/waiter and host/waiter have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Barmaid5%95%
Head Waitress5%95%
Bartender, Cook, And Waitress5%95%
Fast Food Worker47%53%
Bar Back & Bartender86%14%
Host/Waiter90%10%
Busboy/Waiter97%3%

Fast Food Worker Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among fast food workers is White, which makes up 62.5% of all fast food workers. Comparatively, there are 18.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 62.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.9%
  • Asian, 7.6%
  • Black or African American, 7.1%
  • Unknown, 3.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%

Fast Food Worker Race

Fast Food Worker RacePercentages
White62.5%
Hispanic or Latino18.9%
Asian7.6%
Black or African American7.1%
Unknown3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.6%

Fast Food Worker Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among fast food workers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Fast Food Worker Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201065.44%10.15%4.71%16.56%
201166.37%11.61%4.94%14.55%
201265.19%11.51%5.36%14.95%
201364.31%10.83%5.11%16.88%
201464.24%11.67%5.33%15.70%
201564.50%10.47%6.29%15.58%
201663.13%10.55%5.57%16.84%
201761.84%10.54%6.21%16.94%
201864.24%8.57%6.63%17.03%
201962.54%7.09%7.62%18.94%

Fast Food Worker Wage Gap By Race

Asian fast food workers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american fast food workers have the lowest average salary at $23,251.
$28,000
$27,000
$26,000
$25,000
$24,000
$23,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$25,890
White$24,758
Black or African American$23,251
Asian$26,858
Hispanic or Latino$26,093

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Average Age of a Fast Food Worker

We determined the average age of fast food workers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Fast Food Worker Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown2021
White2122
Black or African American2123
Asian2424
Hispanic or Latino2123

Fast Food Worker Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of fast food worker employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of fast food workers is 20-30 years old, which represents 51% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Fast Food Worker Age

Fast Food Worker YearsPercentages
40+ years6%
30-40 years13%
20-30 years51%

Types of Fast Food Worker Degree Levels

The most common degree for fast food workers is high school diploma 63% of fast food workers earn that degree. A close second is diploma with 13% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

  • High School Diploma, 63%
  • Diploma, 13%
  • Associate, 11%
  • Bachelors, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Fast Food Workers By Education

Fast Food Worker DegreePercentages
High School Diploma63%
Diploma13%
Associate11%
Bachelors9%
Other Degrees4%

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Fast Food Worker Wage Gap By Education

Fast food workers with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $31,317 annually. With a Associate degree, fast food workers earn a median annual income of $27,189 compared to $25,506 for fast food workers with an High School Diploma degree.
$32,000
$30,000
$28,000
$26,000
$24,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$25,506
Bachelor's Degree$31,317
Some College/ Associate Degree$27,189

Fast Food Worker Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where fast food workers work. We found most fast food workers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most fast food workers is the retail industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire fast food workers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Fast Food Worker Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees8%
50 - 100 employees3%
100 - 500 employees10%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees40%
> 10,000 employees26%

The Types Of Companies Fast Food Worker Work In

Employees with the fast food worker job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most fast food workers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Fast Food Worker Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education2%
Public34%
Private64%

Top Industries Hiring Fast Food Workers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ fast food workers. Those industries include retail, hospitality and construction.

Hospitality

Retail

Construction

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Fast Food Worker Industry Statistics

IndustryPercentages
Hospitality60%
Retail9%
Construction5%
Fortune 5005%
Manufacturing5%
Professional4%
Finance3%
Technology3%
Internet2%
Education2%
Automotive1%
Health Care1%

Fast Food Worker Turnover And Employment Statistics

Fast Food Worker Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of fast food workers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Fast Food Worker Unemployment Rate By Year

YearFast Food Worker Unemployment Rate
201014.75%
201116.23%
201213.34%
201312.58%
201410.04%
20158.71%
201610.19%
20179.58%
20189.31%
20198.07%

The Average Number of Years That Fast Food Worker Stay in a Job

By looking over 4,451 fast food workers resumes, we figured out that the average fast food worker enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 44%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Fast Food Worker Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year44%
1-2 years34%
3-4 years9%
5-7 years9%
8-10 years2%
11+ years2%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Fast Food Workers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to fast food workers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Diet Clerk6.78%68,546
Cocktail Server7.02%74,674
Gallery Host7.29%9,545
Fast Food Worker7.36%
Cupola Tender7.68%24,005
Shift Leader8.43%229,485
Line Runner9.65%59,526

Fast Food Worker LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Diet Clerk6.78%68,546
Cocktail Server7.02%74,674
Gallery Host7.29%9,545
Cupola Tender7.68%24,005
Shift Leader8.43%229,485
Line Runner9.65%59,526

Foreign Languages Spoken By Fast Food Workers

The most common foreign language among fast food workers is Spanish at 64.6%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.1% and German is the third-most popular at 5.1%.

  • Spanish, 64.6%
  • French, 10.1%
  • German, 5.1%
  • Portuguese, 2.5%
  • Bulgarian, 1.3%
  • Other, 16.4%

Fast Food Worker Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish64.6%
French10.1%
German5.1%
Portuguese2.5%
Bulgarian1.3%
Other16.4%

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Where Do Fast Food Workers Earn The Most?

Fast food workers earn the most in New Hampshire, where the average fast food worker salary is $34,272. The map here shows where fast food workers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Fast Food Workers?

By looking through more than 4,451 resumes, we found that the most popular places for fast food workers are Houston, TX and New York, NY.

Number of Fast Food Workers

Number Of Fast Food Worker Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California6,149$24,787
2Texas5,341$23,825
3Florida4,520$22,548
4Georgia2,825$20,440
5North Carolina2,699$22,375
6Virginia2,377$21,886
7Pennsylvania2,118$23,371
8Washington1,826$27,119
9Ohio1,754$24,927
10New York1,636$32,627
11Tennessee1,526$20,521
12Colorado1,398$25,501
13Missouri1,278$24,759
14Illinois1,262$21,190
15South Carolina1,146$23,047
16New Jersey1,119$24,686
17Michigan1,055$30,620
18Minnesota1,049$27,163
19Wisconsin1,048$26,983
20Massachusetts992$31,743
21Oregon980$25,520
22Utah934$27,115
23Arizona918$26,239
24Indiana846$22,291
25Alabama839$22,822
26Connecticut805$29,552
27Maryland762$24,403
28Louisiana671$20,915
29Oklahoma651$21,283
30Iowa591$26,667
31Nebraska545$23,668
32Kentucky531$21,322
33New Mexico469$23,743
34Kansas407$24,078
35West Virginia383$21,703
36New Hampshire380$34,272
37Mississippi345$22,263
38Idaho303$24,913
39South Dakota298$22,523
40Delaware264$27,531
41Arkansas240$23,158
42Nevada232$21,833
43Montana192$22,778
44Maine172$27,246
45District of Columbia157$28,186
46Rhode Island148$29,473
47North Dakota124$25,339
48Wyoming112$21,630
49Alaska111$21,602
50Hawaii93$22,088
51Vermont75$31,389

Fast Food Worker Demographics FAQs

How Many Fast Food Worker Are There In The Us?

There are over 28,524 Fast Food Workers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Fast Food Workers Are Black?

7.1% of Fast Food Workers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Fast Food Workers?

Most a are White, with 62.5% of Fast Food Workers belonging to this ethnicity. 18.9% of Fast Food Workers are Hispanic or Latino, 7.6% of Fast Food Workers are Asian, 7.1% of Fast Food Workers are Black or African American, 3.3% of Fast Food Workers are Unknown, and 0.6% of Fast Food Workers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Fast Food Worker Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Fast Food Worker jobs are not male - dominated. 53% of Fast Food Workers are female, and 47% are male, so there are more female Fast Food Workers than male Fast Food Workers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Fast Food Worker ?

The average Fast Food Worker is 24 years old. 6% of Fast Food Workers are 40+ years old or older, 13% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 51% are between 20-30 years old

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