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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Fast Food Cooks Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,850
25th Percentile Wage
$18,140
50th Percentile Wage
$19,860
75th Percentile Wage
$22,520
90th Percentile Wage
$25,290

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 $25,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,850. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 50% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of fast food cooks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,8603.93%7.30%
201519,0802.83%-
201418,5400.38%-
201318,4700.32%-
201218,410--

Table 2. Fast Food Cooks Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fast food cooks in 13 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $23,040. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $17,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,040
Educational Services
$22,870
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,580
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,540
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,740
Manufacturing
$21,560
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,400
Retail Trade
$19,980
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$19,920
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$19,530
Wholesale Trade
$18,750
Information
$17,870

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 $17,790 to $25,020. The highest paying state for fast food cooks is Washington with a median annual salary of $25,020. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $17,790. 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
$25,020
Hawaii
$24,030
North Dakota
$24,020
Massachusetts
$23,200
Alaska
$22,700
District of Columbia
$22,200
Vermont
$21,960
California
$21,920
Oregon
$21,350
Maryland
$20,690
Utah
$20,400
Rhode Island
$20,290
Maine
$20,230
Connecticut
$20,220
Nevada
$20,130
New York
$20,050
Wyoming
$19,870
Colorado
$19,820
Florida
$19,810
Nebraska
$19,790
South Dakota
$19,770
Minnesota
$19,650
Montana
$19,590
New Hampshire
$19,390
New Jersey
$19,330
Illinois
$19,310
West Virginia
$19,290
Ohio
$19,270
Michigan
$19,230
Delaware
$19,020
Arizona
$19,000
Wisconsin
$18,860
Texas
$18,810
New Mexico
$18,750
Pennsylvania
$18,720
Guam
$18,670
Virgin Islands
$18,580
Missouri
$18,540
Indiana
$18,440
Louisiana
$18,440
Arkansas
$18,430
Kentucky
$18,410
Virginia
$18,380
North Carolina
$18,370
Georgia
$18,270
Iowa
$18,230
Kansas
$18,200
Alabama
$18,190
Oklahoma
$18,130
Tennessee
$18,120
Mississippi
$18,030
South Carolina
$18,030
Puerto Rico
$17,840
Idaho
$17,790



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