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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

35-3023 Fast Food and Counter Workers

Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages. Counter attendants who also wait tables are included in "Waiters and Waitresses" (35-3031),


National estimates for Fast Food and Counter Workers
Industry profile for Fast Food and Counter Workers
Geographic profile for Fast Food and Counter Workers

National estimates for Fast Food and Counter Workers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,450,120 0.7 % $ 11.80 $ 24,540 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.63 $ 9.52 $ 11.47 $ 13.42 $ 15.37
Annual Wage (2) $ 17,940 $ 19,800 $ 23,860 $ 27,920 $ 31,960


Industry profile for Fast Food and Counter Workers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Fast Food and Counter Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Fast Food and Counter Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 2,763,680 30.63 $ 11.52 $ 23,960
Special Food Services 146,450 26.24 $ 12.50 $ 25,990
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 130,760 4.50 $ 13.26 $ 27,580
Elementary and Secondary Schools 126,670 1.54 $ 12.82 $ 26,670
Gasoline Stations 39,140 4.26 $ 11.47 $ 23,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 2,763,680 30.63 $ 11.52 $ 23,960
Special Food Services 146,450 26.24 $ 12.50 $ 25,990
Amusement Parks and Arcades 11,980 9.57 $ 12.53 $ 26,060
Book Stores and News Dealers 3,560 6.38 $ 12.08 $ 25,120
Motion Picture and Video Industries 17,300 5.25 $ 11.99 $ 24,950

Top paying industries for Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation (8) (8) $ 21.73 $ 45,200
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 7,530 0.36 $ 17.50 $ 36,410
Warehousing and Storage 30 (7) $ 16.80 $ 34,940
Rail Transportation 1,140 0.53 $ 16.11 $ 33,520
Individual and Family Services 3,560 0.14 $ 15.26 $ 31,740


Geographic profile for Fast Food and Counter Workers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Fast Food and Counter Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Fast Food and Counter Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 384,890 23.43 0.94 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
Texas 380,090 31.41 1.27 $ 10.53 $ 21,900
Florida 206,520 24.46 0.99 $ 10.78 $ 22,420
New York 173,030 19.91 0.80 $ 14.16 $ 29,450
Ohio 151,650 29.52 1.19 $ 10.65 $ 22,160




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 20,830 32.05 1.29 $ 10.29 $ 21,400
Oregon 56,820 31.44 1.27 $ 13.43 $ 27,940
Texas 380,090 31.41 1.27 $ 10.53 $ 21,900
South Carolina 63,260 31.39 1.27 $ 9.76 $ 20,290
Arkansas 36,650 31.11 1.25 $ 10.68 $ 22,210




Top paying states for Fast Food and Counter Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 6,980 10.16 0.41 $ 16.56 $ 34,450
Washington 94,080 29.45 1.19 $ 15.35 $ 31,940
California 384,890 23.43 0.94 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
Massachusetts 73,400 21.91 0.88 $ 14.27 $ 29,680
New York 173,030 19.91 0.80 $ 14.16 $ 29,450





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 145,240 16.44 0.66 $ 14.03 $ 29,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 135,180 23.22 0.94 $ 14.39 $ 29,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 100,660 23.08 0.93 $ 11.94 $ 24,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 100,170 27.92 1.13 $ 10.98 $ 22,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 84,410 28.43 1.15 $ 10.42 $ 21,680
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 61,870 22.94 0.93 $ 11.82 $ 24,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60,600 23.02 0.93 $ 9.99 $ 20,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 57,100 18.89 0.76 $ 13.58 $ 28,250
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 54,190 21.61 0.87 $ 10.90 $ 22,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 53,300 20.49 0.83 $ 14.13 $ 29,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fast Food and Counter Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hinesville, GA 980 55.79 2.25 $ 9.32 $ 19,390
Jacksonville, NC 2,410 52.84 2.13 $ 9.81 $ 20,410
Sherman-Denison, TX 2,200 48.29 1.95 $ 10.00 $ 20,810
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 6,380 47.32 1.91 $ 9.47 $ 19,700
Muskegon, MI 2,570 47.15 1.90 $ 11.75 $ 24,450
Grants Pass, OR 1,210 46.34 1.87 $ 12.11 $ 25,180
Lubbock, TX 6,450 45.89 1.85 $ 9.76 $ 20,310
Bellingham, WA 3,620 44.84 1.81 $ 14.57 $ 30,300
Muncie, IN 1,930 44.26 1.78 $ 10.45 $ 21,740
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 8,500 44.00 1.77 $ 9.88 $ 20,550