If you’re a teenager, you may be considering finding a part-time job, but it’s hard at 14 to find places that hire such young people.

Fast food restaurants are often the starting point for teenagers, so perhaps you’ve wondered if you could work at McDonald’s at 14. Keep reading to find out the answer and much more!

Can you work at McDonald’s at 14?

Some US states allow you to work at McDonald’s at age 14, provided you have a valid work permit and parental permission. If you are employed by McDonald’s at age 14, you may be limited to the type of jobs you can apply for and the number of hours you work. Starting pay is $8 to $11, depending on state.

To learn more about which states allow 14-year-olds to work at McDonald’s, job types, job duties and more, keep reading!

Which states allow you to work at McDonald’s at age 14?

Below is a list of states that allow 14-year-olds to obtain employment. However, it’s also worth checking your local state laws, as these can change frequently.

  • Alaska
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What type of job can a 14 year old have at McDonald’s?

Unfortunately, McDonald’s limits the type of job a 14-year-old can apply for to just one crew member, but it’s great entry-level work experience.

However, a McDonald’s crew member still has many responsibilities and plays an important role on the team.

What does a crew member do at McDonald’s?

Crew Members are entry-level workers at McDonald’s and are given very specific tasks as part of their job description, including:

  • Keep restaurants clean and bathrooms clean (sweep, wash, disinfect)
  • Help customers with questions they have at the counter or during their dining experience
  • Greet customers in the restaurant and be friendly upstairs
  • Obtain necessary items for customers while dining
  • Stock items as needed throughout the store, including front of house and kitchen
  • Prepare food orders in the kitchen as long as you are not using the grill or other electrical equipment
  • Wash dishes or clear tables and chairs for the next customer
  • Other tasks assigned by the manager or shift leader
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How much does a 14 year old earn at McDonald’s?

A 14-year-old can earn between $8 and $11 an hour working at McDonald’s, depending on location.

Additionally, there may be other special benefits and bonuses to encourage more young people to apply for entry-level positions, such as paid time off, signing bonuses, etc.

Unfortunately, due to various federal laws regarding the number of hours a 14 year old is allowed to work, there won’t be much paychecks during the school year.

How many hours can a 14 year old work at McDonald’s per week?

McDonald’s must follow federal guidelines and laws, which state that a 14-year-old can only work 3 hours per week on school days.

Additionally, if school is not in session, such as summer vacation, the law states that a 14-year-old cannot work more than 8 hours per day.

Additionally, a 14-year-old cannot work more than 18 hours per week during the school year and no more than 40 hours per week when the school year is over.

How late can a 14 year old work at McDonald’s?

How late can a 14 year old work at McDonald's?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a 14-year-old cannot work before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. if it is during the school year.

On top of that, when school is not in session, such as summer vacation, a 14-year-old cannot work before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.

However, child labor laws vary from state to state, so it’s important to research your state and determine more specific guidelines.

What are the break requirements for a 14 year old working at McDonald’s?

You must be given a 30-minute lunch break after working 5 consecutive hours while working at McDonald’s when you are 14 years old.

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Regardless of age or employment, any minor working more than 5 hours is required by law to get their 30-minute break.

Additionally, at McDonald’s you must clock in before taking your break and not return until your break is over.

Unfortunately, many states have removed the legal requirement to provide additional breaks, even to minors, so your McDonald’s location might not offer additional 15-minute breaks.

How can a 14 year old apply for a job at McDonald’s?

McDonald’s offers everyone the opportunity to apply for a job through their website, allowing you to search for the store closest to you.

In addition to being online, you can also go to your nearest McDonald’s and request a paper application to complete if you prefer or do not have internet access.

However, it is important to remember that if you are a minor under the age of 18, your parents or legal guardian will need to sign your application or complete parts of it on your behalf.

Will a 14 year old need a work permit to work at McDonald’s?

Not all 14-year-olds will need to obtain a work permit before starting work at McDonald’s, as this varies from state to state.

Unfortunately, there is no federal mandate for a work permit for minors, and that is left to the Department of Labor at the state level.

Additionally, you can head to your school’s guidance counselor to see if you need a work permit and get a copy to start filling out.

In addition to this, you can also go to your state’s Department of Labor website to see if your state requires it.

From there, you can download or print a copy of the work permit application to complete at your convenience.

What information is needed for a McDonald’s work permit application?

There are some specific types of information you will need to complete the work permit application if you are a minor.

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First, you will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign the application giving consent for you to work at McDonald’s.

Additionally, you will also need to have the potential McDonald’s location signed on your work permit.

Additionally, you will need to visit your pediatrician and have them sign and date a certificate stating that you are fit for work and in good physical condition.

Finally, you will also need to provide your birth certificate so that your age is legally proven for the application to be approved.

Unfortunately, if you do not have a copy of your birth certificate, you will need to contact your state’s vital records office to request that a new copy be mailed or picked up.

To learn more, you can also read our articles on McDonald’s drug test, whether McDonald’s pays weekly, and whether Walmart hires at 16.


McDonald’s hires 14-year-olds in some states, but someone that young can only apply and be hired for an entry-level crew member job.

Additionally, a minor cannot work in hazardous jobs, which means you are going to be very limited in the activities you can do in your job and you cannot operate the grill.

Additionally, there are federal laws that limit the hours a 14-year-old can work during the school week and school year, as well as restrictions on the time they can work.

Subsequently, child labor laws vary from state to state, so other additional guidelines for minors may be possible.

Most importantly, you should consult the Department of Labor in the state where you live for additional guidance before applying for a job at your local McDonald’s if you are 14 years old.

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