How Much Do Fast Food Workers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Fast Food Preparation Workers

Fast Food Preparation Workers perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$24540 per year
Hourly wage
$12 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$17,940 to $19,800 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $10 per hour

Entry-level Fast Food Food Preparation and Serving Workers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $17,940 to $19,800 per year or $9 to $10 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fast Food Food Preparation and Serving Workers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $15 $31,960
Senior (Top 25%) $13 $27,920
Middle (Mid 50%) $11 $23,860
Junior (Bottom 25%) $10 $19,800
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $17,940

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $17 $34,450
WA $15 $31,940
CA $15 $30,640
MA $14 $29,680
NY $14 $29,450
VT $14 $29,150
CT $13 $27,940
OR $13 $27,940
HI $13 $27,540
CO $13 $27,530

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fast Food Food Preparation and Serving Worker is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fast Food Workers are in the states of DC, WA, CA, MA and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
General Merchandise Stores $38950 $18.73
Motion Picture and Video Industries $37070 $17.82
Offices of Physicians $37020 $17.80
Religious Organizations $35360 $17.00
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $34760 $16.71
Civic and Social Organizations $33640 $16.18
Child Day Care Services $33370 $16.04
State Government $33350 $16.03
Technical and Trade Schools $33250 $15.99
Death Care Services $32910 $15.82
Specialty Hospitals $31940 $15.36
Educational Support Services $30880 $14.85
Management of Companies and Enterprises $30650 $14.74
Home Health Care Services $30540 $14.68
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $30420 $14.63
Special Food Services $29810 $14.33
Local Government $29630 $14.25
Traveler Accommodation $29550 $14.21
Gambling Industries $28740 $13.82
Beverage Manufacturing $28740 $13.82
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $28640 $13.77
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $28610 $13.75
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $28560 $13.73
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $28520 $13.71
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $28360 $13.64
Elementary and Secondary Schools $28330 $13.62
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $28320 $13.62
Food and Beverage Stores $28300 $13.61
Vending Machine Operators $28290 $13.60
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $28090 $13.50

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