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Who Works in Fast Food Today? [infographic]


Fast food workers in 60 cities around the country have been on strike this past week, demanding $15 an hour (or almost double the minimum wage in some areas) and the right to form unions.

fast food strike 

(Photo Credit: The Eyes of New York/Flickr)

Some commentators have dismissed the strike, saying that fast food jobs were never meant to be real careers, and that minimum wage, food service gigs like these are just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The problem is that fast food jobs are for-real jobs for many workers. As the infographic below shows, flipping burgers isn’t just a way for high school students to make a few extra bucks.

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Among the highlights:

– 67 percent of fast food workers are aged 20 and over.

– The median age is over 28.

– One in four adult fast food workers has a child or children.

– The majority make around $13,000 – 14,000 a year — just over poverty level for a single person, and below it for a family of two.

fast food strike infographic 

(Infographic Credit: AOL Jobs)

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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