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Highest Paying Industries for Fast Food and Counter Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for fast food and counter workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $48,390, rail transportation is the highest paying industry for fast food and counter workers. It is followed by elementary and secondary schools - state government owned industry (average annual salary $33,940). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of fast food and counter workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Fast Food and Counter Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Rail Transportation
$48,390
170
2 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$33,940
430
3 Federal government, including USPS
$31,340
8,050
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$31,340
8,050
5 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$28,640
520
6 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
$26,910
40
7 Hospitals - State government owned
$26,660
1,920
8 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$26,640
1,150
9 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$26,340
40
10 Junior colleges - State government owned
$26,300
340
11 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$26,190
40
12 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$26,090
3,740
13 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$25,630
22,510
14 Federal, State, and Local Government
$25,630
22,510
15 Other General Merchandise Stores
$25,520
22,850
16 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$25,490
1,380
17 Legal Services
$24,630
50
18 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$23,930
330
19 State government, including schools and hospitals
$23,910
14,140
20 Air Transportation
$23,500
50
21 Scheduled Air Transportation
$23,370
40
22 Other Personal Services
$22,840
150
23 Insurance Carriers
$22,810
120
24 Casino Hotels
$22,770
3,980
25 Furniture Stores
$22,740
610
26 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$22,630
17,040
27 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$22,550
570
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$22,470
15,080
29 Hospitals - Privately owned
$22,410
13,630
30 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$22,400
13,070
31 Offices of Physicians
$22,340
410
32 Transportation and Warehousing
$22,160
860
33 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
$22,150
n/a
34 Facilities Support Services
$22,120
n/a
35 Educational Services - State government owned
$22,090
8,480
36 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$22,050
1,260
37 General Merchandise Stores
$22,040
40,570
38 Water Transportation
$21,980
70
39 Oil and Gas Extraction
$21,730
40
40 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$21,480
1,480
41 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$21,410
198,090
42 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$21,380
1,490
43 Hospitals - Local government owned
$21,380
1,490
44 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$21,380
7,690
45 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$21,360
340
46 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$21,310
180
47 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$21,300
12,890
48 Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$21,240
180
49 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$21,150
150
50 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$21,100
5,120
51 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$21,080
350
52 Personal and Laundry Services
$21,070
350
53 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$21,060
70
54 Educational Services
$21,020
181,320
55 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$21,010
159,820
56 Educational Services - Local government owned
$21,010
160,870
57 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$21,000
165,980
58 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$20,970
175,900
59 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$20,900
1,190
60 Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services
$20,850
50
61 Investigation and Security Services
$20,850
50
62 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$20,840
230
63 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$20,820
10,720
64 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$20,820
60
65 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$20,770
930
66 Other Schools and Instruction
$20,750
940
67 Finance and Insurance
$20,740
190
68 Mining
$20,720
60
69 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$20,700
870
70 Grocery Stores
$20,670
136,080
71 Educational Services - Privately owned
$20,630
11,970
72 Technical and Trade Schools
$20,520
160
73 Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,480
53,710
74 Social Advocacy Organizations
$20,420
120
75 Religious Organizations
$20,230
240
76 Food and Beverage Stores
$20,220
159,940
77 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$20,200
250
78 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$20,160
5,730
79 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$19,960
840
80 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$19,940
920
81 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$19,920
17,620
82 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
$19,920
n/a
83 Personal Care Services
$19,890
100
84 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$19,790
120
85 Retail Trade
$19,790
251,490
86 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$19,750
n/a
87 Construction
$19,710
40
88 Traveler Accommodation
$19,700
25,770
89 Accommodation
$19,650
26,620
90 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$19,630
80
91 Rooming and Boarding Houses
$19,580
140
92 Health and Personal Care Stores
$19,560
1,770
93 Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$19,550
630
94 Other Residential Care Facilities
$19,540
250
95 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$19,540
29,480
96 Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$19,540
710
97 Sporting Goods Stores
$19,450
610
98 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$19,340
210
99 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$19,340
150
100 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$19,340
150