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    How Much Does McDonald's Pay Its Hourly Workers

    McDonald's is one of the biggest fast-food companies in America. When it comes to employment options, it is suitable for students and people who are just starting their careers and need a part-time job. But just how good are McDonald's hourly work and fair compared to other giant companies like Walmart? We're gonna discuss the hourly wages in McDonald's and how it treats its hourly workers. 

    Hourly Wage 

    The average earnings of a McDonald's worker are around $8 per hour, which is truthfully not enough to support a family. Workers work five days a week, which is around 25-30 hours per week. We discovered that McDonald's ensures that no worker has to do more than 40 hours per week. 

    The starting pay was $6.25 per hour. That went up when because the minimum wage went up. 

    You never know when you'll get a break, as people usually eat before work or they come in to buy something to sustain their energy while working. And it's up to management to decide what position you'll cover that day; kitchen, grille, product stocking, cashier. You are always on your feet, so it is definitely not easy work. 

    On the other hand, It is very easy to get a job at McDonald's. They hire people straight up. Sometimes they can give you a proposition to become a manager for a 50 cent raise. With all the stress that comes from managing shifts, keeping track when someone comes at work and where will he or she be working, it seems that this raise is just not enough. 

    The ordinary raise that workers get is often 5 cents in 6 months. The biggest is 25 cents but that one is really hard to get. Also, McDonald's workers do not get healthcare benefits.

    Fight for minimum wage 

    For over 4 years, hourly workers in McDonald's had been protesting, and the movement in 2012 was named "Fight for $15". They were not satisfied with how much they were being paid. This brought unwanted attention to McDonald's which is bad for business. This puts the company in a situation where they are forced to raise wages, but the question is by how much will they be willing to do so? 

    Since there is not much room to evolve while working at McDonald's, hourly workers should get the payments that they deserve. It's not all about giant corporations keeping their trend and talking about productivity while they leave the core of the business unevolved. 

    But is this true? 

    The $15 minimum wage is equal to $30,000 a year for a full-time employee. "They're making millions while millions can't pay their bills", says a misfortunate union group, suggesting that there is a plenty of profit left over in corporate suitcases to fund a massive pay increase. 

    Actually, at least 90% of McDonald's locations are independently-owned by franchises that are not making that kind of money (millions). They have approximately 6 cents profit from each dollar after paying for the food, staff costs, and other expenses. 

    If you do a calculation and say the minimum wage is $15, then that wage will eat up three-quarters of the profit every year. And that is just the minimum wage. Most of the stores would not get any profit in doing so. 

    And if it was so easy to just add a bigger price to the meal in McDonald's, it would have been already done. In this world, customers are very notorious when it comes to a price increase. 

    In other parts of the world, in Europe to be more precise, there are self-service computer kiosks. In European countries, they have been a norm for over seven years now. And if we say that self-service computers do replace entry-level employees, and the minimum wage goes up, then there will be much fewer employees working for McDonald's. You can't really satisfy everyone... 

    It is hard to say whether the organizers behind the $15 minimum wage campaign are really supporting hourly workers or are doing so for their own purposes, and wallets. 

    Walmart's smart business move 

    From our research, Walmart has been pulling some good moves recently with their college tuition. They are giving their employees a push to evolve and gradually improve their skills. Walmart employees are generally happy working there. 

    Disney has also offered full college tuition for their hourly workers. And this is something really inspiring. If you, as a company, give support to your workers, they will be more satisfied and will work harder. 

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