Salary for Fast Food Cooks

Also known as:  Fast Food Cook, Fast Food Fry Cook, Fryline Attendant

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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 will normally get an average wage ranging between $17,590 - $31,430 based on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average compensation of twenty-four thousand three hundred dollars per annum.

have the best average compensation in Washington, where they get normal pay levels of just about $33,150. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Educational Services, which has job pay of $28,380.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 59.34 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Fast Food Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$28,380
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$27,710
Information
$27,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,610
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$26,030
Wholesale Trade
$25,870

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$21,280
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$21,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,980
Retail Trade
$24,170
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,790