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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of fast food cooks from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
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|
|North Dakota|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |