How old should I be to work at McDonald’s?

In this brief blog, we will address the query,”How old should I be to work at McDonald’s?” We will explain if 14, 15 and 16 years old can work at McDonalds. We will also briefly discuss some entry level positions that you can work at McDonald’s.

How old should I be to work at McDonald’s?

The minimum age eligible for working at McDonald’s is 16 years old for most of the McDonald’s locations in the United States. However, in locations in some states, you can work as young as 14 and 15 years old as long as you have a valid work permit and parental consent.

Can a fourteen year old work at McDonald’s?

As previously mentioned, a 14 year old can gain employment in certain locations of McDonald’s in positions such as Crew member or Guest service representative as long as there is parental consent and they have a work permit.

Some of the States that permit applicants that are fourteen years old are Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Kentucky.

It should however be noted that under the Department of Labor there are guidelines that protect such young kids and as such the 14 year olds cannot work overnight shifts, 8 hour shifts or longer than 3 hours on a school night.

Some states that are faced by labor shortages have reduced the application age. 

Can a fifteen year old work at McDonald’s?

Yes, in some locations the minimum hiring age has been set to 15 years old and thus they can work at McDonald’s.

Fifteen year olds can work at certain McDonald’s locations in positions such as Crew member and Guest service representative. Some of these states include Idaho, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana and some other states.

It should however be noted that 15 year olds are considered as children under the Department of Labor similar to the 14 year olds and are thus not permitted to work overnight shifts, 8 hour shifts or longer than 3 hours on a school night.

Child laws are different between states and therefore some locations require applicants to be 15 years of age. 14 and 15 year olds working at McDonald’s have some limitations such as they cannot hold any managerial positions and are also limited on the kitchen duties depending on the State.

For example, states such as Florida don’t permit fifteen year olds to perform duties such as working with cold equipment such as freezers or meat coolers and clean equipment. They also limit the fifteen year olds ability to cook. In case you are unsure about the work limitations of minors, you can look that up in your State’s labor laws.

Can a sixteen year old work at McDonald’s?

At 16 years of age, teens can work in various jobs in the United States. 16 year olds can work in almost any McDonald’s location in the US in positions such as crew member, guest services representative or cook.

At 16, there is no need for parental consent to work unless one is required to work in an overnight shift.

Sixteen year olds are also accorded a lot of flexibility for instance, they can work long hrs and also later shifts during night shifts.

16 year olds cannot be hired as supervisors but they can cook and handle more challenging roles as compared to the 14 and 15 year olds.

In what positions can I start working at McDonald’s?

Guest services

This is an entry level position that can be done by 14 to 16 year olds at McDonald’s. The position has duties such as placement of customer orders, handling any inquiries and making sure that customers receive their food according to their orders.

Crew Member

Crew member is another entry level position for 14 to 16 year olds. It entails placing orders, handling the cash registers, ensuring that the store is clean and assisting in placement of food orders. As earlier mentioned, food preparation and cooking may be limited according to the state regulations.

Cook

A cook is another entry level position and this is eligible for those that are aged 16 years and above in many of the McDonald’s locations and also depends on the state’s child labor laws and in some, those under 16 years may be eligible.

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Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have addressed the query,”How old should I be to work at McDonald’s?” We have explained if 14, 15 and 16 years old can work at McDonalds. We have also briefly discussed some entry level positions that you can work at McDonald’s.

Citations

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