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

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

Fast Food Cooks

Fast Food Cooks prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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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
$24300 per year
Hourly wage
$12 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$17,590 to $19,650 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$8 to $9 per hour

Entry-level Fast Food Cooks with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $17,590 to $19,650 per year or $8 to $9 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 Cooks 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 $31,430
Senior (Top 25%) $13 $27,960
Middle (Mid 50%) $12 $24,380
Junior (Bottom 25%) $9 $19,650
No experience (Bottom 10%) $8 $17,590

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $16 $33,150
MA $15 $31,150
OR $15 $30,710
DC $15 $30,680
CA $14 $29,390
HI $14 $29,300
VT $14 $29,120
CT $14 $28,560
NY $14 $28,430
AK $13 $27,700

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

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

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
General Merchandise Stores $31540 $15.16
Gambling Industries $29760 $14.31
Traveler Accommodation $29570 $14.22
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $29550 $14.21
Spectator Sports $28420 $13.67
Special Food Services $27910 $13.42
Motion Picture and Video Industries $27370 $13.16
Elementary and Secondary Schools $27290 $13.12
Employment Services $27010 $12.99
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $26470 $12.73
Amusement Parks and Arcades $26270 $12.63
Civic and Social Organizations $25920 $12.46
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $25890 $12.45
Food and Beverage Stores $25160 $12.10
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $24280 $11.67
Beverage Manufacturing $24220 $11.64
Management of Companies and Enterprises $23980 $11.53
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $23280 $11.19
Child Day Care Services $22710 $10.92
Gasoline Stations $22410 $10.77
Local Government $21280 $10.23
Performing Arts Companies $21220 $10.20
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores $21050 $10.12
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $20270 $9.75

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