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Fast-Food Worker Salary

How Much Does a Fast-Food Worker Make in the United States?

According to the latest data available in 2024, the average salary for a Fast-Food Worker in the United States is a month, or $23,250 per year.

Average Fast-Food Worker Base Salary:

What can I earn as a Fast-Food Worker?Your salary is 0 the US national average
$11.18
$11.18
11.18

The average wage for a Fast Cook Worker is per hour.

Fast-Food Workers typically do not receive tips as fast-food restaurants in the U.S. usually have a no-tipping policy or do not have a designated tipping system.

Annual Mean Wage of Fast-Food Workers by State

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Fast-Food Worker Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual median wage

$25,540

# of employees

183,470

Projected growth

36%

New York City

Annual median wage

$32,650

# of employees

183,270

Projected growth

79%

Chicago

Annual median wage

$28,450

# of employees

119,920

Projected growth

21%

Los Angeles

Annual median wage

$33,920

# of employees

394,660

Projected growth

33%

Highest-Paying Cities for Fast-Food Workers

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Los Angeles, CA34,18016.43
NYC, NY33,45016.08
Chicago, IL29,70014.28
Miami, FL21,77016.97

Average Fast-Food Worker Salary by State

Explore the average Fast-Food Worker salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$ 19,070
Alaska$ 25,870
Arizona$ 25,510
Arkansas$ 20,780
California$ 27,830
Colorado$ 25,660
Connecticut$ 26,460
Delaware$ 21,580
Florida$ 21,640
Georgia$ 19,780
Hawaii$ 26,440
Idaho$ 20,340
Illinois$ 23,410
Indiana$ 20,580
Iowa$ 22,270
Kansas$ 20,050
Kentucky$ 19,930
Louisiana$ 19,700
Maine$ 24,790
Maryland$ 25,140
Massachusetts$ 28,020
Michigan$ 23,140
Minnesota$ 25,440
Mississippi$ 20,080
Missouri$ 22,390
Montana$ 23,090
Nebraska$ 23,130
Nevada$ 22,050
New Hampshire$ 22,390
New Jersey$ 23,340
New Mexico$ 20,750
New York$ 27,700
North Carolina$ 20,390
North Dakota$ 25,590
Ohio$ 21,270
Oklahoma$ 19,940
Oregon$ 26,640
Pennsylvania$ 21,970
Rhode Island$ 25,400
South Carolina$ 19,500
South Dakota$ 22,530
Tennessee$ 20,520
Texas$ 21,290
Utah$ 21,210
Vermont$ 27,510
Virginia$ 21,920
Washington$ 29,360
West Virginia$ 21,160
Wisconsin$ 21,110
Wyoming$ 21,290
District of Columbia$ 35,896

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Cook Get Paid?

Fast-Food Workers are one of the lowest-paid positions in the restaurant industry. Consequently, they earn less than Food Runners, Prep Cooks and Bussers.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Food Runner
Prep Cook
Busser

Labor Laws and Taxes for Fast-Food Workers

As a Fast-Food Worker, knowing your state’s minimum wage, overtime pay and leave policies could be beneficial.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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