How Much do Fast Food Counter Workers Make?

Do fast food counter workers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for fast food counter workers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fast food counter workers in the United States earn an average of $23,250 a year, equivalent to $11.18 an hour. Fast food counter workers make 57% less than the average American worker.

Fast food counter workers in Washington are the best paid, making $29,360 a year, while fast food counter workers in Alabama make the least at $19,070.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Fast Food Counter Worker Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $14.62 $30,410
75th $12.39 $25,780
50th $10.93 $22,740
25th $9.24 $19,210
10th $8.45 $17,580
Fast Food Counter Worker Wages by State

In what states do fast food counter workers make the most? In what states do fast food counter workers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $9.17 $19,070
Alaska $12.44 $25,870
Arizona $12.26 $25,510
Arkansas $9.99 $20,780
California $13.38 $27,830
Colorado $12.34 $25,660
Connecticut $12.72 $26,460
Delaware $10.38 $21,580
Florida $10.40 $21,640
Georgia $9.51 $19,780
Hawaii $12.71 $26,440
Idaho $9.78 $20,340
Illinois $11.26 $23,410
Indiana $9.90 $20,580
Iowa $10.71 $22,270
Kansas $9.64 $20,050
Kentucky $9.58 $19,930
Louisiana $9.47 $19,700
Maine $11.92 $24,790
Maryland $12.09 $25,140
Massachusetts $13.47 $28,020
Michigan $11.12 $23,140
Minnesota $12.23 $25,440
Mississippi $9.65 $20,080
Missouri $10.76 $22,390
Montana $11.10 $23,090
Nebraska $11.12 $23,130
Nevada $10.60 $22,050
New Hampshire $10.77 $22,390
New Jersey $11.22 $23,340
New Mexico $9.98 $20,750
New York $13.32 $27,700
North Carolina $9.80 $20,390
North Dakota $12.30 $25,590
Ohio $10.22 $21,270
Oklahoma $9.59 $19,940
Oregon $12.81 $26,640
Pennsylvania $10.56 $21,970
Rhode Island $12.21 $25,400
South Carolina $9.37 $19,500
South Dakota $10.83 $22,530
Tennessee $9.87 $20,520
Texas $10.24 $21,290
Utah $10.20 $21,210
Vermont $13.22 $27,510
Virginia $10.54 $21,920
Washington $14.11 $29,360
West Virginia $10.17 $21,160
Wisconsin $10.15 $21,110
Wyoming $10.23 $21,290
Metro Areas Where Fast Food Counter Workers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Francisco, CA $15.20 $31,610
Seattle, WA $14.99 $31,180
San Jose, CA $14.65 $30,470
Barnstable Town, MA $13.73 $28,570
Mount Vernon, WA $13.55 $28,180
Oxnard, CA $13.54 $28,160
Santa Barbara, CA $13.53 $28,140
Springfield, MA $13.51 $28,090
Hanford, CA $13.48 $28,040
Wenatchee, WA $13.47 $28,010
Fast Food Counter Worker Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $11.18 $23,250
2018 $10.64 $22,140
2017 $10.21 $21,230
2016 $9.84 $20,460
2015 $9.47 $19,710
2014 $9.19 $19,110
2013 $9.08 $18,880
2012 $9.00 $18,720
2011 $9.03 $18,790