How Old to Work at McDonalds?

At What Age Does McDonalds Hire?

With nearly 2 million workers on their payroll, McDonald’s is one of the largest employers of entry-level associates in the world. A number of these individuals are also below the age of 18. Most franchises of the fast-food chain set minimum hiring requirements to include workers 16 and over. However, many younger applicants can gain employment if they have a valid work permit

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How Old Do I Have to Be to Work at McDonald’s?:

  • Does McDonalds Hire at 17?– Yes. McDonalds hires 17-year-olds.
  • Does McDonalds Hire at 16?– Yes. Sixteen-year-olds can perform a variety of tasks at McDonalds.
  • Does McDonalds Hire at 15?– Yes. Despite federal laws on minors working in food service, McDonalds allows 15-year-olds to work in customer service positions.
  • Does McDonalds Hire at 14?– Yes. In some states, McDonalds is able to hire 14 year-olds, provided they have a work permit.

Since many of their workers are so young, high school diplomas and GEDs are unnecessary for gaining employment at McDonald’s. Previous experience in restaurant or fast food industries may aid candidates with gaining employment, but many applicants choose the restaurant as their entry into the workforce.  Availability and reliability are the most sought-after traits for potential hires, and those who give an adequate interview often receive a job offer on the spot.

Available Entry-Level Positions

Team member – Entry-level job opportunities available to workers 16 and older include team member positions, such as greeting customers, taking and serving food orders, running the cash register and cooking. These tasks may also involve cleaning and maintaining work stations and kitchen equipment, restocking supply trays, taking inventory, and operating drive-thru windows. The position requires employees to wear uniforms and engage patrons in amiable, efficient, and expedient manners.

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  • Kat says:

    What kind of job can a 14 year old work at McDonald’s?

    • Natalie says:

      So I am 14 and about to be 15 in two months. can I still work at McDonald’s or do I have to wait till am 16?

    • ShyAnn says:

      I’m 14 years of age can I apply for a job here?

  • CJ says:

    what job can a 15 year old do at mcdonalds?

  • admin says:

    Typically just the regular team member/cashier position.

    • Marcelo Marroquin says:

      I’m 13 would I be able to work at McDonalds for the summer

      • Tyson says:

        no, the minimum McDonalds will go is 14

  • Oscar A Mencia says:

    how much do 15 year old’s get paid at the cashier positions?

    • Kyle says:

      Minimum wage ($9.25 where I live)

  • Angel says:

    Can I work at McDonalds at the age of 15, and if I can what jobs will I be most likely doing?

  • illya sullivan says:

    can i work at mcdonalds at 17

    • Evensonpierre says:

      Can i work at McDonalds at 23

    • Diania says:

      Yes you can, you are older than sixteen so, you can work at McDonald’s at 17.

  • James Lucas says:

    I’m 14. What would I be doing if i got a job at McDonald’s?

  • Alexander Andrus says:

    i am 16 where do I apply for Mcdonalds?

    • rinz says:

      in store or website

    • Lola says:

      McDonald’s careers website

  • Lenaisha Spence says:

    I’m 15 next year I will be 16 can I work at McDonald’s now?

    • Julius Rodriguez says:

      Yes, you cannot work in the grill until you are 16 but they should be able to give you a job as a cashier or in the drive through.

  • LaTisha Williams says:

    Do I need a college degree to work at MacDonalds?

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