Fast Food and Counter Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.6% (as fast as the average)


What Fast Food and Counter Workers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Fast Food and Counter Workers May Have

Cafe Server, Cafeteria Server, Food Service Assistant, Food Service Worker

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Cashier ,

Carls Jr

A great day at work looks like a cold, busy morning followed by a cup of coffee. If a student were to shadow me for the day at work he/she would see one cashier taking orders at the window and up front for customers who choose to dine in. I have to take orders, receive payment, give out change and serve food following work safety rules.

Crew Member ,


It’s usually chill except when we get super busy, then it’s more hectic.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Communicate with customers regarding orders, comments, and complaints.
  • Scrub and polish counters, steam tables, and other equipment, and clean glasses, dishes, and fountain equipment.
  • Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.
  • Perform cleaning duties, such as sweeping, mopping, and washing dishes, to keep equipment and facilities sanitary.
  • Balance receipts and payments in cash registers.

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