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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Fast Food and Counter Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,040
25th Percentile Wage
$18,450
50th Percentile Wage
$20,240
75th Percentile Wage
$23,580
90th Percentile Wage
$27,200

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 $27,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,040. Notice 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 and counter workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,240
3.66% 9.58%
2016
$19,500
2.77% -
2015
$18,960
2.69% -
2014
$18,450
0.43% -
2013
$18,370
0.38% -
2012
$18,300
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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 $26,110. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $18,710).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$26,110
Mining
$24,280
Finance and Insurance
$23,590
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,450
Educational Services
$23,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,120
Retail Trade
$22,400
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,230
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,220
Manufacturing
$22,070
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$21,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$21,870
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$21,620
Wholesale Trade
$21,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$20,970
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,820
Information
$20,120
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,020
Construction
$18,710



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