Fast Food and Counter Workers

risk level
Based on 150 votes
by year 2032
or $14.20 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

99% (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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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

User poll

87% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's very probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 99% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Fast Food and Counter Workers 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)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Fast Food and Counter Workers' job openings is expected to rise 7.6% 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 'Fast Food and Counter Workers' was $29,540, or $14 per hour

'Fast Food and Counter Workers' were paid 38.5% 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 3,676,580 people employed as 'Fast Food and Counter Workers' within the United States.

This represents around 2.4% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 41 people are employed as 'Fast Food and Counter Workers'.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 35-3023.00


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G (Highly likely) says
out of necessity. There is too much demand for fast food, and not enough labour. Barely need AI to automate. Current technologies will suffice.
Nov 18, 2022 at 07:00 PM
TA Smith (Highly likely) says
Likely, since fewer people desire to work in fast food jobs, I could very well imagine automation in fast food restaurants where there is no variation in preparation.
Sep 02, 2022 at 09:52 PM

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