Here's how much fast-food workers at 17 popular chains say they make

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Admin


Here's how much fast-food workers at 17 popular chains say they make

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Employees at Whataburger, a Texas-based fast-food chain, say they make an average of $8 to $12 an hour.
Eric Gay/AP
  • While most United States fast-food employees make well above the national minimum wage, hourly pay varies depending on the chain.
  • Additional factors for pay variation include franchises in states with higher minimum wage laws and higher compensation for manager positions.
  • We used self-reported salary information from both Payscale and Glassdoor to take a closer look at what fast-food workers make across the United States, from California's In-and-Out to Culver's in the Midwest.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

While dollar menu items are often similar across franchises, equal hourly wages for fast-food workers are not a uniform requirement.

Some fast-food chains are infamous for paying more than others, such as California-based In-and-Out Burger mandating its employees make a whopping $13 an hour. In every chain, assistant manager and manager positions often make more than cashiers or line cooks, but hourly pay also fluctuates depending on state minimum wage laws.

Read more: Here's what fast food workers earn in every state

Previous reporting from Business Insider's Kate Taylor in 2016 confirmed that many fast-food chains increased wages, despite the national standard staying the same since 2009. Still $7.25 an hour, almost all fast-food workers earn more than the national minimum wage. Business Insider's Morris Pearl reported how increasing wages is the best way to find more fast-food employees, a tactic other companies such as Disney and Target have used with success.

We took a look at self-reported salaries on both Payscale and Glassdoor and ordered restaurants from highest to lowest hourly pay. For some chains, we only found data from one source.

Keep reading for a look at salaries at 17 popular fast-food chains in the United States.

Employees at McDonald’s say they earn around $8 to $9 an hour.

A McDonald's restaurant.
Abigail Abesamis

Wendy's employees say they earn hourly wages of $8 to $9.

A Wendy's restaurant.
Reuters

Taco Bell employes say they earn $9 to $10 an hour.

Customers line up at a Taco Bell restaurant inside Miami International Airport in Miami.
AP/Wilfredo Lee

Burger King employees say they make around $8 to $9 per hour.

A customer exits a Burger King restaurant.
Damian Dovarganes/AP

Arby's employees reported hourly wages around $9.

Inside an Arby's restaurant.
Arby's

Whataburger employees reported pay anywhere between $8 - $12 an hour.

A Whataburger restaurant.
Eric Gay/AP

Culver's employees say they make between $9 and $11 an hour.

A Midwest Culver's restaurant.
Lydia Ramsey/Business Insider

Dairy Queen employees say they earn around $9 an hour.

Outside a Dairy Queen.
Flickr/Mike Mozart

Chipotle employees reported hourly pay between $9 and $11.

Outside a Chipotle.
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

KFC team members say they make around $9 an hour.

A Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) logo is pictured on a sign in North Miami Beach
Reuters

Subway employees' reported salaries included hourly wages between $8 and $9.

A Subway restaurant.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Chick-fil-A reported hourly wages of $8 to $9.

The outside of a Chick-fil-A location.
Mike Stewart/Associated Press

Dunkin' crew members say they make around $9 an hour.

A Dunkin' store.
Abigail Abesamis

Sonic employees say they make around $8 to $9.

A Sonic sign.
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

In-N-Out employe earn hourly wages of $13 to $14 an hour.

The front of a California In-N-Out burger stop.
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Jack in the Box employees reported hourly pay between $8 and $10 an hour.

A Jack in the Box location.
David McNew/Getty

White Castle employees say they earn anywhere from $9 to $12 an hour.

A White Castle drive-through.
Hollis Johnson
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