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McDonald’s

McDonald’s pay

3,900 McDonald’s employees have taken the Breakroom survey. They told us the following about pay rates and more:

  1. People are not paid enough to live on
  2. People are paid market rates
  3. Breaks aren’t paid
  4. People don’t get sick pay
  5. No unpaid extra work

How much does McDonald’s pay per hour?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at McDonald’s compare across the different types of jobs they offer.

3,900 employees told us what they're really paid in their jobs…

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Job McDonald’s pay per hour
Crew member £6.50–9.00
Shift manager £8.71–10.88
Customer assistant £7.12–9.34
Manager £8.99–16.50
Cook £6.47–9.81
Administrator £10.09–14.72
Care assistant £8.30–9.00

What does McDonald’s pay different age groups?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at McDonald’s vary between age groups.

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Age group McDonald’s pay per hour
16-17 £6.00–7.70
18-20 £6.85–9.25
21-24 £8.43–10.50
25 and over £8.50–11.96

What is the Real Living Wage?

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

Location Real Living Wage
London £10.85
Rest of the UK £9.50

What is the legal minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the legal minimum you must be paid per hour.

Age group Legal minimum wage
Under 18 £4.62
18-20 £6.56
21-22 £8.36
23 or older £8.91

People are not paid enough to live on

Bad
80% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

Based on information from 3,573 job reviews

Why this matters

Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

Most people are paid market rates

Good
56% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

Based on information from 3,269 job reviews

Why this matters

Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

No. People don’t get paid breaks

Bad
94% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

Based on information from 3,739 job reviews

Why this matters

A good job should have paid breaks.

You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

Does McDonald’s pay sick pay?

No. People don’t get proper sick pay

Bad
90% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

Based on information from 3,433 job reviews

Why this matters

Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

Do workers at McDonald’s do extra work that they don't get paid for?

No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

Excellent
82% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

Based on information from 3,373 job reviews

Why this matters

Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Does McDonald’s offer a staff discount?

People get free food whilst on shift and 50% staff discount the rest of the time

McDonald’s employees told us they get free food whilst working and a 50% discount on food when they’re not on shift.

Based on information from 3,900 job reviews

Does McDonald’s pay by the hour or annually?

People get paid by the hour

  • 95% of people report they get paid by the hour
  • 5% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on information from 3,900 job reviews