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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fast food cooks from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |