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‘And when I worked at my local Wells Fargo as a banker, I made $19.50’: Woman says she made $32 an hour working at Dairy Queen

'$32 an hour AND ice cream. I’m retiring from there lol.'


Cecilia Lenzen


Posted on Jan 24, 2023   Updated on Jan 25, 2023, 1:37 pm CST

A woman on TikTok went viral for sharing the surprising difference in hourly wage between her old jobs at Dairy Queen and Wells Fargo.

The woman, who goes by Yaya (@mariahvessel), shared her work history by stitching TikTok user @tinyb274’s video about fast-food restaurant pay.

“Just cause I work at McDonald’s doesn’t mean I’m broke ho,” @tinyb274 said in her video. She added that she makes $16 per hour at McDonald’s.

“See, I love this because when I was working at my local DQ, I made $32 an hour,” Yaya said in her stitch. “And when I worked at my local Wells Fargo as a banker, I made $19.50.”

“Let’s not shame people who work in fast food!” she added in the caption.

@mariahvessel #stitch with @tinyb274 #jobs #fastfood #banking ♬ original sound – Yaya

In the comments section, many viewers couldn’t believe Yaya’s claim and questioned how she earned so much.

“32 [doing] what at DQ ???” one viewer asked.

Other viewers said people “sleep” on how much money fast-food workers can make.

“Dairy Queen managers made money. People was SLEEP fr,” one viewer commented. In response, Yaya wrote, “I know some fast food managers that clear over 100k a year.”

“One of these days people will stop sleeping on food service jobs. Especially management positions,” a second viewer commented.

One viewer confirmed that fast-food jobs pay well, but the pay could not entice them to return to the industry.

“Fast food does pay more but will i ever work in fast food again? absolutely not,” they wrote. 

However, several viewers said that for $32 per hour—plus ice cream—working at a fast-food restaurant would be worth it.

“I would be happy as ever the money and ice cream I would be living a dream,” one user wrote.

“$32 an hour AND ice cream. I’m retiring from there lol,” a second agreed.

The Daily Dot reached out to Yaya via TikTok comment and to Dairy Queen and Wells Fargo via email.

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*First Published: Jan 24, 2023, 5:45 pm CST