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Fast Food and Counter Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of fast food and counter workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of fast food and counter workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fast food and counter workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fast food and counter workers 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 and Counter Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,850
25th Percentile Wage
$18,080
50th Percentile Wage
$19,500
75th Percentile Wage
$22,280
90th Percentile Wage
$25,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fast food and counter workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fast food and counter workers is $25,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,850. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 51% 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 and counter workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,5002.77%6.15%
201518,9602.69%-
201418,4500.43%-
201318,3700.38%-
201218,300--

Table 2. Fast Food and Counter Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fast food and counter workers in 19 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 and counter workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $25,460. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $19,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$25,460
Mining
$24,340
Finance and Insurance
$22,990
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,740
Educational Services
$22,370
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,170
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$21,890
Retail Trade
$21,360
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,820
Manufacturing
$20,810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,770
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,140
Wholesale Trade
$19,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,890
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,310
Information
$19,280
Construction
$19,010


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