Fast food workers in the US make about 80 cents for every dollar a factory worker makes, according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Fast food workers also make about one-third less than non-fast food workers.
Fast Food Workers Are Paid Less Than Workers In Other IndustriesA new study finds that workers in fast food restaurants earn about 80 percent less than workers in other industries, and that fast food workers earn only one-quarter of the wages of workers in similar positions in other sectors.
The study finds fast food employers pay their fast food employees significantly less than other workers, with workers in restaurants earning between 79 cents and 99 cents per hour.
Fast food employees make just over $17,000 per year, and are only making half of the median wage.
In addition, fast food paychecks for the lowest-wage workers are far less generous than those for the highest-wage employees.
A restaurant’s “pay and benefits” costs for a worker are more than $1,200 a year, or $20,000 in adjusted gross income, the study finds.
The minimum wage for fast food and fast food tipped workers is $2.13 per hour, or roughly $2,100 in adjusted earnings.
Employers are paid far less than tipped workersThe EPI study shows that fast-food workers earn about $2 per hour less than employees in other jobs, and they make less than the hourly minimum wage of $8.55 for full-time workers and $8 per hour for part-time and seasonal workers.
Fast food and restaurant workers also are paid less than farm workers, who are paid an hourly wage of about $7.25 and a wage subsidy of $2 for each dollar spent on food.
The EPPI report also shows that workers who make less in fast-casual restaurants are often forced to pay more in benefits to their employers than other minimum wage workers.