Cooks, Fast Food

risk level
Based on 248 votes
-8.7 %
by year 2032
or $14.07 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

98% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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User poll

75% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 98% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Cooks, Fast Food will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Cooks, Fast Food' job openings is expected to decline 8.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Cooks, Fast Food' was $29,260, or $14 per hour

'Cooks, Fast Food' were paid 39.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 673,490 people employed as 'Cooks, Fast Food' within the United States.

This represents around 0.44% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 225 people are employed as 'Cooks, Fast Food'.

Job description

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

SOC Code: 35-2011.00


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4 says
Robots will never be more cost-effective than humans. Ironically, it'll be the high-end jobs that will be taken first.
Oct 14, 2023 at 07:11 PM
Richard Connelly says
have seen flippy the robot, it's BEEN automated, it's just the weeding out now
Dec 07, 2022 at 04:09 AM
Hugh Ganus says
What about the kids that want a first job at a fast food joint
Jun 23, 2021 at 06:23 AM
123 (Moderate) says
Aug 08, 2020 at 12:40 PM
OB (Moderate) says
Simple recipes and standardised processes
Jul 03, 2019 at 08:58 AM
Corey Gillian Dixon says
Nah I love the locals at maccas, I don't no robot giving me the shareboxes, because everytime i walk in the door, Gary knows the usual, normally 25 shareboxes
May 01, 2019 at 01:23 AM

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