Fast Food Cooks Salary Information

The salary statistics of fast food cooks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fast food cooks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fast food cooks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Fast Food Cooks Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,140
25th Percentile Wage
$18,730
50th Percentile Wage
$21,040
75th Percentile Wage
$23,910
90th Percentile Wage
$27,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fast food cooks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fast food cooks is $27,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,140. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 59% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fast food cooks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$21,040
5.61% 12.50%
2016
$19,860
3.93% -
2015
$19,080
2.83% -
2014
$18,540
0.38% -
2013
$18,470
0.32% -
2012
$18,410
- -

Table 2. Fast Food Cooks Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fast food cooks in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for fast food cooks occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $24,730. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $17,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$24,730
Educational Services
$24,140
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,580
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,210
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,500
Retail Trade
$21,350
Federal, State, and Local Government
$21,330
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,590
Wholesale Trade
$19,100
Information
$17,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$17,740

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Fast Food Cooks by States

From the above tables we note that not only fast food cooks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of fast food cooks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,870 to $26,420. The highest paying state for fast food cooks is Washington with a median annual salary of $26,420. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,870. For more salary information of fast food cooks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$26,420
Hawaii
$26,260
Alaska
$24,880
Massachusetts
$24,700
District of Columbia
$24,680
North Dakota
$24,120
Vermont
$23,510
California
$23,260
Oregon
$23,140
Utah
$23,100
Rhode Island
$23,080
Connecticut
$22,750
New York
$22,190
Minnesota
$21,850
Maryland
$21,780
Maine
$21,720
New Hampshire
$21,650
Colorado
$21,380
South Dakota
$21,130
Arizona
$20,820
Nevada
$20,700
Wisconsin
$20,620
Montana
$20,590
Florida
$20,420
Nebraska
$20,230
New Jersey
$20,070
Michigan
$19,990
Virgin Islands
$19,970
Illinois
$19,800
Delaware
$19,800
Kentucky
$19,560
West Virginia
$19,530
Ohio
$19,500
Wyoming
$19,440
New Mexico
$19,350
Pennsylvania
$19,350
Texas
$19,320
Guam
$19,110
Arkansas
$19,040
Tennessee
$18,980
Missouri
$18,840
Virginia
$18,780
Louisiana
$18,670
Iowa
$18,610
Kansas
$18,610
Indiana
$18,600
Georgia
$18,510
Oklahoma
$18,430
South Carolina
$18,410
North Carolina
$18,360
Alabama
$18,210
Idaho
$18,200
Mississippi
$18,080
Puerto Rico
$17,870



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