Fast Food Worker Statistics and Facts in the US
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.
- 51.2% of all fast food workers are women, while only 43.5% are men.
- The average age of an employed fast food worker is 27 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of fast food workers is White (66.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.3%) and Black or African American (10.8%).
- The majority of fast food workers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.
- Fast food workers are most in-demand in Ann Arbor, MI.
- Fast food workers are paid an average annual salary of $25,848.
- The hospitality industry is the highest-paying for fast food workers.
- Falmouth, MA pays an annual average wage of $31,309, the highest in the US.
- Fast food workers average starting salary is $18,000.
- In 2021, women earned 100% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid fast food workers earn as much as $35,000 or more.
- 12% of all fast food workers are LGBT.
- Washington is the best state for fast food workers to live.
- Fast food workers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.
Fast Food Worker Statistics By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Fast Food Worker
Women Earn $1.00 For Every $1 Earned By Man
Fast Food Worker Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the fast food worker position over time.
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.
|Bartender, Cook, And Waitress||8%||89%|
|Fast Food Worker||43%||51%|
|Bar Back & Bartender||80%||15%|
Fast Food Worker Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among fast food workers is White, which makes up 66.3% of all fast food workers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.8% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 66.3%
- Hispanic or Latino, 15.3%
- Black or African American, 10.8%
- Asian, 4.3%
- Unknown, 2.7%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%
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 2008-2018 among fast food workers.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Fast Food Worker Wage Gap By Race
Average Age of a Fast Food Worker
We determined the average age of fast food workers based on ethnicity and gender.
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 41% of the population.
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%
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Fast Food Worker Wage Gap By Education
Fast Food Worker Employment Statistics
This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ fast food workers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most fast food workers is the hospitality industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire fast food workers.
< 50 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
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.
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 hospitality, retail and manufacturing.
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
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%.
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.
|Bartender, Cook, And Waitress||9.75%|
|Fast Food Worker||11.55%|
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%