Chick-fil-A Employee Benefits: Scholarships, Free Food, and Good Wages

Updated December 1, 2023 by Kyle James
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Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular American fast-food restaurants, and for good reason. Offering a series of delicious food options, from shakes to chicken sandwiches, and even salads. However, in terms of employee benefits, they aren’t like most fast-food restaurants when it comes to how well they treat their workers. With competitive salaries, health benefits, and other cool employee perks, being a member of the Chick-fil-A team does come with its own set of perks. Whether you’re interested in applying for a job, or maybe just curious, here are the Chick-fil-A employee benefits you can expect while working at this popular fast food chain.

Chick-fil-A Employee Benefits: Scholarships, Free Food, and Good Wages

Is There a Chick-fil-A Employee Discount?

Nothing official.

There doesn’t seem to be any official/concrete employee discount policy if you work at Chick-fil-A and order food when you’re not working.

BUT…with that being said, most locations offer a free meal during your shift and a bunch of other perks we’ll get to shortly.

The “free meal” is a dollar amount that you get to spend on your break on food. Drinks are always free.

The dollar amount varies by location, but ranges anywhere between $6 – $10 every time you work. More on this later.

What is Their Average Starting Salary?

According to Indeed, the average starting salary for a Chick-fil-A team member is about $13.50 per hour.

BUT…keep in mind it really depends on what part of the country you live in.

For example, here in California I saw a sign at our local Chick-fil-A advertising a starting wage of $16.50/hour.

Meanwhile, if you are a shift manager, the average starting salary (nationwide) is about $17 per hour.

Of note, this is significantly higher than many other fast food chains, such as McDonald’s, but on par with In-N-Out Burger.

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What Health Benefits does Chick-fil-A Offer?

Chick-fil-A offers full-time employees extensive healthcare benefits, including:

– Health Insurance: Coverage on prescription drugs, medical, behavioral health, etc.

– Vision Plan: Coverage for any eye-related medical concerns.

– Dental Plan: Dental coverage for both employees and their dependents.

If you are a part-time employee, you can receive EAP (Employee Assistance Program) which can help with health, financial, and social issues that may impact your work performance.

Is There Room to Move Up Within the Company?


While it does depend on the location, and the need to fill certain positions, there will always be opportunities available.

For instance, you can move up to “Team Leader” and “Director” roles which are more higher-up/ management level roles.

Do You Get Sundays Off?


Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, thus employees inevitably have off.

This can be seen as a perk for many to have a day each week that they know they won’t be scheduled to work.

Why is Chick-fil-A Closed on Sundays?

Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays for religious reasons.

This is because the founder of Chick-fil-A is Christian and believes employees should use this day for rest and worship.

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Do You Get Free Food While Working?


Most Chick-fil-A locations offer employees a free meal during each shift.

However, the value of the meal (i.e. $5 meal vs. $9.50 meal) seems to vary and the shift hours required to receive a free meal (i.e. work more than 5-hour shift) seem to vary from location to location.

Does Chick-fil-A Offer College Scholarships for Employees?


Chick-fil-A offers a scholarship initiative called Remarkable Futures.

This initiative gives Chick-fil-A employees a chance to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships.

Chick-fil-A scholarships are awarded based on leadership, academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need.

And you have a chance to earn additional tuition discounts and other benefits at about 70 different schools in the United States.

Any Additional Employee Benefits to Expect?


Here are some other employee benefits you can potentially receive depending on your job title at Chick-fil-A.

–  Flexible Hours: Chick-fil-A does its best to accommodate your schedule when making their weekly work schedule (again, this varies by location and need for workers).

– Paid Time Off, Vacation, & Sick Leave: For many upper-level management positions and full-time employees, PTO and other benefits are provided.

– 401k Plan: Chick-fil-A matches 50% of employees’ contributions with their 401k plan.

– Performance-Based Bonuses: Hardworking, dedicated employees can receive bonuses depending on their overall performance, role, and time employed.

Ask the Reader: Do you work at Chick-fil-A, or have in the past? If so, am I missing any employee benefits or perks of the job? Let me know in the comments.

By Kyle James


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