Fast-Food Wages Aren't All Minimum Wage

Average fast-food wages range from $7.37 to $10.53 an hour at major quick-service chains, according to Business Insider. Based on data from Glassdoor, the best-paying of the 13 chains checked was In-N-Out Burger, while the worst-paying was Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM).

The numbers stand in contrast to the demands of fast-food workers who are striking this week against major chains in several cities. Those workers are seeking a $15-per-hour wage, as well as the right to form a union.

That $15 wage is well above the current federal minimum wage of $7.25, as well as higher than the $12.50 special minimum wage that Washington, D.C., recently passed for big-box retailers. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has threatened to scrap as many as six new Washington stores if the $12.50 wage is signed into law. The highest local minimum wage for all retailers is $10.55 in San Francisco.

However, convenience-store chain QuikTrip starts employees at $20 per hour. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Trader Joe's also pay far more than industry averages.

The average pay for crew workers at those 13 chains, listed from lowest to highest:

  • Taco Bell: $7.37
  • Wendy's: $7.39
  • Burger King: $7.72
  • Dunkin' Donuts: $7.82
  • McDonald's: $7.81
  • Dairy Queen: $7.92
  • Chick-Fil-A: $7.96
  • Subway: $7.98
  • Jamba Juice: $8.18
  • Noodles & Company: $8.29
  • Panera Bread: $8.36
  • Chipotle: $8.57
  • In-N-Out Burger: $10.53

For more:

- See this Business Insider story

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