Salary for Fast Food Cooks

Also known as:  Fast Food Cook, Fast Food Fry Cook, Fryline Attendant helps hospitality and tourism professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Cooks working in the fast food industry are able to prepare and cook a limited number of food items according to menus designed for fast food establishments. They work in a fast-paced environment where repetition and volume are key to successful food preparation. They are detail-oriented individuals who are able to ensure that the products they cook are not only created quickly, but meet health and safety standards as well. They may be required to take orders from customers at the front desk and operate large cooking equipment such as grills, fryers and griddles. They work alongside a number of other cooks and must be able to communicate effectively when taking and delivering orders, creating food orders and making sure products meet health standards. A high school diploma is required for this professional field.

A Fast Food Cook can get an average salary on a scale from 8000 - 12000 based on experience and education levels. Cooks, Fast Food receive a salary of Eighteen Thousand Six Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Cooks, Fast Food are compensated the highest in the District of Columbia, which has average pay levels of just about $21720. People in this career can receive the highest pay in Manufacturing, which has an average job salary of $21950.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.57 percent nationwide in that time.
Fast Food Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $21,950
Manufacturing $21,430
Educational Services $20,930
Other Services (except Public Administration) $20,900
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $20,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $19,780
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Information $17,220
Wholesale Trade $17,640
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $18,300
Accommodation and Food Services $18,490
Retail Trade $19,470
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $19,780