Updated December 12, 2022

Average Fast Food Worker Salary

$11.95hourly

$24,860 yearly

Entry level Salary
$12,000 yearly
$12,000
10%
$24,860
Median
$51,000
90%

How much does a Fast Food Worker make?

Fast food workers make $24,860 per year on average, or $11.95 per hour, in the United States. Fast food workers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $12,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $51,000.

Location impacts how much a fast food worker can expect to make. Fast food workers make the most in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Michigan.

Highest Paying States For Fast Food Workers

While a fast food worker can average a salary of $24,860 per year, or $11.95 per hour, there are many opportunities for fast food workers to make more. For example, in Franklin Square, NY you might make $32,633 per year. Other high-paying locations include Falmouth, MA, Southfield, MI and Cedar Falls, IA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Franklin Square, NY where the average starting salary is $19,000. The highest paying states for fast food workers include New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Illinois offer the lowest salaries.
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Fast Food Worker average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1New Hampshire$34,272$16.48380
2Utah$27,115$13.04934
3Connecticut$29,552$14.21805
4Michigan$30,620$14.721,055
5New York$32,627$15.691,636
6Massachusetts$31,743$15.26992
7Delaware$27,531$13.24264
8Washington$27,119$13.041,826
9Rhode Island$29,473$14.17148
10Wisconsin$26,983$12.971,048
11Iowa$26,667$12.82591
12Vermont$31,389$15.0975
13Missouri$24,759$11.901,278
14Ohio$24,927$11.981,754
15Oregon$25,520$12.27980
16Colorado$25,501$12.261,398
17Arizona$26,239$12.61918
18Texas$23,825$11.455,341
19Minnesota$27,163$13.061,049
20Idaho$24,913$11.98303
21Nebraska$23,668$11.38545
22New Mexico$23,743$11.41469
23South Dakota$22,523$10.83298
24Maine$27,246$13.10172
25South Carolina$23,047$11.081,146
26Pennsylvania$23,371$11.242,118
27Florida$22,548$10.844,520
28Alabama$22,822$10.97839
29North Dakota$25,339$12.18124
30Kansas$24,078$11.58407
31North Carolina$22,375$10.762,699
32District of Columbia$28,186$13.55157
33California$24,787$11.926,149
34West Virginia$21,703$10.43383
35New Jersey$24,686$11.871,119
36Arkansas$23,158$11.13240
37Montana$22,778$10.95192
38Virginia$21,886$10.522,377
39Maryland$24,403$11.73762
40Oklahoma$21,283$10.23651
41Mississippi$22,263$10.70345
42Wyoming$21,630$10.40112
43Tennessee$20,521$9.871,526
44Indiana$22,291$10.72846
45Georgia$20,440$9.832,825
46Alaska$21,602$10.39111
47Kentucky$21,322$10.25531
48Louisiana$20,915$10.06671
49Nevada$21,833$10.50232
50Hawaii$22,088$10.6293
51Illinois$21,190$10.191,262

Highest Paying Cities For Fast Food Workers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Franklin Square, NY$32,633$15.69
2Falmouth, MA$31,795$15.29
3Southfield, MI$30,728$14.77
4Cedar Falls, IA$26,957$12.96
5Mesa, AZ$26,186$12.59
6Beaverton, OR$25,524$12.27
7San Antonio, TX$23,867$11.47
8Greenville, SC$23,067$11.09
9Auburn, AL$22,826$10.97
10Tallahassee, FL$22,552$10.84
11Durham, NC$22,486$10.81
12Arlington, VA$22,391$10.76
13Kahului, HI$22,087$10.62
14Chicago, IL$21,279$10.23
15Atlanta, GA$20,447$9.83

Fast Food Workers Salary Details

Average Fast Food Worker Salary Graph
Average Fast Food Worker Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Fast Food Worker's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
75th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
Average$24,860$2,072$12
25th Percentile$16,000$1,333$8
10th Percentile$12,000$1,000$6

Highest Paying Types of Fast Food Workers

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Crew Trainer$53,128$4,427$25.54101,338
Crew Member$28,946$2,412$13.92239,413
Crew Person$27,911$2,326$13.42127,605
Mcdonalds Crew Member$26,648$2,221$12.81133,695
Food Service Attendant$25,604$2,134$12.31229,108
Cook/Server$29,716$2,476$14.29257,582

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Jack in the Box Jobs (68)
  2. Bojangles Jobs (55)
  3. Wendy's Jobs (457)
  4. Little Caesars Jobs (53)
  5. Steak 'n Shake Jobs (34)

Which Companies Pay Fast Food Workers The Most?

The highest paying companies for fast food workers are UC Merced and University of California, Berkeley according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Wintergreen and Chemung Arc report highly competitive wages for fast food workers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1UC Merced$47,573$22.87
2University of California, Berkeley$41,589$19.99
3Wintergreen$37,427$17.992
4Chemung Arc$36,266$17.44
5University of California$34,751$16.71192
6Compass Group USA$30,218$14.534,514
7University of Iowa Center for Advancement$30,183$14.511
8TPI$29,965$14.41
9Tufts University$29,509$14.191
10El Rio Community Health Center$29,466$14.17
11Legends Hospitality$29,453$14.1625
12MSG Entertainment$26,884$12.937
13Bethany Village$26,850$12.91
14North Kansas City Hospital$26,695$12.83
15Legend Holdings$26,562$12.7726
16Caliper Family of Companies$26,047$12.524
17Jonathan Club$25,759$12.38
18Papa Gino's$25,710$12.36
19PeopleReady$25,634$12.32268
20PSEA$25,471$12.2527

Fast Food Worker Pay Trends

Average Fast Food Worker Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Fast Food Worker Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2023$24,900$11.95+4.7%
    2022$23,700$11.40+5.4%
    2021$22,400$10.78+5.0%
    2020$21,300$10.24+3.7%
    2019$20,500$9.87+2.7%

    Recently Added Fast Food Worker Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Compass Group USA Inc.Food SVC WorkerHamden, CT11/19/2022$29,218
    Families First of MinnesotaFood Prep WorkerRochester, MN11/19/2022$37,963
    University of IowaFood Worker I-TraylineIowa City, IA11/18/2022$31,660
    Compass Group, North AmericaFood SVC WorkerHamden, CT11/17/2022$29,218
    AerotekFood WorkerPleasanton, CA11/16/2022$41,740
    Compass Group USA Inc.Food SVC WorkerMontclair, NJ11/16/2022$27,131
    Compass Group USA Inc.Food SVC WorkerMontclair, NJ11/16/2022$27,131
    AramarkFood Prep WorkerBakersfield, CA11/08/2022$33,392
    Aramark Corp.Food Prep WorkerBakersfield, CA11/08/2022$33,392
    University of MichiganFood SVC Worker IAnn Arbor, MI11/08/2022$35,479

    Fast Food Worker Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Fast Food Workers The Most?

    New Hampshire pays Fast Food Workers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $34,272 per year, or $16.48 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Fast Food Worker?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Fast Food Worker if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $32,627 per year.

    What Type Of Fast Food Worker Gets Paid The Most?

    Crew Trainer gets paid the most. Crew Trainer made a median salary of $53,128. The best-paid 10 percent make $58,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $48,000.

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