Fast food and counter workers

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Total Workforce
554k
Average Age
28
Average Salary
$13,013
Average Male Salary
$14,032
Average Female Salary
$12,424

About

Fast food and counter workers are most often employed by the Restaurants & Food Services industry. The average yearly wage for Fast food and counter workers was $13,013 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Fast food and counter workers by wage are Umpires, referees, and other sports officials, Dishwashers, and Tutors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Fast food and counter workers are Portage County PUMA, OH, Yeadon, Darby, Lansdowne Boroughs & Drexel Hill PUMA, PA, and Gary City & Griffith Town PUMA, IN. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Fast food and counter workers are Gary City & Griffith Town PUMA, IN, Portage County PUMA, OH, and Henry, Randolph, Jay & Blackford Counties PUMA, IN.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Fast food and counter workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Fast food and counter workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Fast food and counter workers, by average wage, is Not specified retail trade. Fast food and counter workers are paid most in Rutland, Bennington & Addison Counties PUMA, VT but are relatively concentrated in Gary City & Griffith Town PUMA, IN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$13,013
AVERAGE SALARY
± $569

In 2018, Fast food and counter workers earned an average of $13,013, $40,875 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make somewhat more than Fast food and counter workers while Tutors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Fast food and counter workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.446
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Fast food and counter workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.446, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Fast food and counter workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Fast food and counter workers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Fast food and counter workers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Fast food and counter workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Fast food and counter workers, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores, and Motion pictures & video industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Fast food and counter workers, by average wage, are Not specified retail trade, Specialty food stores, and General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters.

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Industries by Share

554k
2018 Workforce
± 18,244

This graphic shows the share of Fast food and counter workers employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Fast food and counter workers at  71.9%, followed by Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores with 14.6% and Motion pictures & video industries with 2.58%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Fast food and counter workers in the US. The average age of male Fast food and counter workers in the workforce is 26 and of female Fast food and counter workers is 29.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Fast food and counter workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

203k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 11,051
351k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 14,536

63.4% of Fast food and counter workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Fast food and counter workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Fast food and counter workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

58.7% of Fast food and counter workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.4% of Fast food and counter workers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Fast food and counter workers.

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Age by Gender

26
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.663
29.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.606

The median age of Fast food and counter workers is 28, and Male employees are generally 3.12 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Fast food and counter workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Fast food and counter workers is Business but a relatively high number of Fast food and counter workers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

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