Information About Fast Food Cooks

What is this career like?

I've worked in national fast-food chains to truck stops and it made me want to go to college (so I wouldn't have to do this the rest of my life).

Training

Fast food cooks need short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Fast food cooks
Training for Fast Food Cooks
Percent
Less than High School 33.4
High School 43.0
Some College 14.5
Associates Degree 4.2
Bachelors Degree 4.0
Masters Degree 0.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.2

Employment

Represents about 566,000 people in the United States- 1.4% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 42,000 more fast food cooks but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 187,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, fast food cooks make $9.00 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Fast food cooks $7.74 $8.24 $8.80 $9.35 $11.10
Food preparation and serving related occupations $7.78 $8.35 $9.09 $11.10 $14.60
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, fast food cooks make $18,720 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Fast food cooks $16,090 $17,140 $18,300 $19,450 $23,140
Food preparation and serving related occupations $16,180 $17,370 $18,900 $23,200 $30,460
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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