McDonald's Cost Comparisons

About McDonald's

McDonald's brand is in 122 countries around the world. Thirty thousand locations serve 51 million customers each day. More than 70 percent of McDonald's restaurants around the world are owned and operated by independent local businesspeople. Most standalone McDonald's restaurants offer both counter and drive-through service, with indoor and sometimes outdoor seating. The Drive-Thru, Auto-Mac, or McDrive as it is known in many countries, often has separate stations for placing, paying for, and picking up orders, though the former two steps are frequently combined. In some countries "McDrive" locations near highways offer no counter service or seating. In contrast, locations in high-density city neighborhoods often omit drive-through service. For free consultation Fill in form to the right.

Fast Food Franchise Opportunities

Below is a quick comparison of McDonald's against other Fast Food franchises and business opportunities. For an in depth comparison of McDonald's with another opportunity including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options click on the name of the company to view the detailed comparison.

Franchise Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas $75,000 5% 0.8% $1,250,000-$2,000,000
Anoush N/A $1,500 flat + GST $160,000-$200,000
b.good $40,000 $393,000-$620,000
Back Yard Burgers $35,000 5% 3% $465,000-$1,680,000
Bar-B-Cutie $30,000 5% $260,000-$418,000
Berryhill Baja Grill $25,500-$30,000 5% $257,500-$527,500
Boardwalk Fries $3,000-$25,000 $144,500-$545,000
Bull Chicks $35,000-$39,000 7% 2% $126,500-$495,000
Burger 21 $30,000-$40,000 5% 1% -3% $422,083-$974,395
Burger King $50,000 4.5% 4% $1,200,000-$2,800,000
BurritoVille $25,000 6% 2% $100,000-$500,000
Cafe Yumm $35,000 6% up to 3% $406,000-$600,000
Carl's Jr $35,000 4% $1,375,000-$1,952,000
Central Park Of America N/A $287,000-$418,000
Checkers Drive-In $30,000 4% $165,796-$1,306,345
Cheeburger Cheeburger $24,500 4.5% $200,000-$387,000
Chester's $0-$3,500 4% $4,634-$348,115
Choo Choo Johnny's N/A $313,850-$441,500
Cinema Grill $30,000 3% $500,000
Corn D' Queen $1,140 0 0 $1,300
Dairy Belle Freeze $12,500 $50,000-$200,000
Evos $35,000 3.5-5.5% $349,900-$449,900
Farmer Boys $40,000 5% $1,200,000-$2,200,000
Fast Eddie's $25,000 $245,000-$295,000
Fit for Life N/A 7% 0% $180,000-And Up
Five Guys Burgers & Fries $25,000 6% 2% $152,600-$360,300
Foster's Grille $35,000 5% $300,000-$460,000
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers $25,000 4.5% 1/4% $606,288-$1,182,193
French Fry Heaven $25,000 6% 4% $101,000-$490,500
Fuddruckers $50,000 5% .25% $300,000-$1,500,000
Grandy's $30,000 $799,800-$1,104,000
Great Steak & Potato Company, The $30,000 6% $146,600-$511,050
Healthy Bites Grill $30,000 4% $258,800-$637,000
Hongkong Noodle Factory $1,450 0 0 $1,600
Hot Stuff Foods N/A 0 0 $10,000-$50,000
Jerry's Curb Service $40,000 4% $959,000-$1,600,000
Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom $20,000 5% $50,000-$425,000
Johnny Rockets $49,000 5% $581,000-$877,000
Justix $30,000 6% $223,000-$332,000
KFC $25,000 4% $1,250,000-$2,530,000
la prep $35,000 6% $300,000-$425,000
Li'l Dino Corp N/A $47,400-$240,800
Lindy - Gertie's $9,500 $39,500
Liquid Planet $25,000 5% 1%Nat'l + 1%Local $158,250-$302,000
Maid-Rite N/A $200,000-$325,000
Manchu Wok $30,000-$50,000 7% $278,600-$774,900
Mega Wraps $10,000 6% 2% $189,000
Million Snacks $2,000 5% $133,450-$302,000
Moe's Southwest Grill $30,000 5% $453,215-$787,493
Mr. Goodburger's $25,000 6-8% $155,000-$210,000
Mr. Goodcents $20,000 5% 3.5% $163,150-$274,200
Negril Eatery $25,000 5% $244,100-$327,567
Nothing But Noodles $25,000 6% $408,500-$555,300
Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company, The $30,000 $250,000-$450,000
Pacman Balls on Stick $1,140 0 0 $1,300
Papa-N-Son's $30,000 6% $196,450-$296,800
Petro's Chili & Chips $15,000 5% 4% local+1% Nat'l $75,000-$324,950
Philly Connection $20,000 6% $154,000-$261,500
Planet Wings N/A $250,000-$350,000
Rising Roll Gourmet $30,000 2%local + 1%Nat'l $283,000-$425,500
Roy Rogers $30,000 5% $1,300,000
Rumbi Island Grill $35,000 5%-8% 2% $350,000-$495,500
Sandella's $25,000 $147,400-$225,250
Shamrock Burgers $20,000 5% 1% Nat'l $200,000-$260,000
Skyline Chili N/A $450,000-$1,200,000
Sonic Drive In $45,000 2-5% $1,200,000-$3,200,000
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine $7,500 $365,000-$611,000
Steak n Shake $25,000-$40,000 5.5% $672,000-$1,835,000
Taco Bell $25,000 5.5% $585,300-$1,205,600
Taco John's $25,000 4% 3.5% $326,000-$1,071,000
Taco Maker, The $19,000-$29,000 5% $221,000-$400,000
Taco Palace $33,950 0-4% $53,200-$133,100
Tastee Freez $10,000-$20,000 5% 3%local + 1% Nat'l $40,000-$900,000
Tin Drum Asia Cafe $35,000 6% 1.5% $272,000-$479,500
Tin Star Restaurant $20,000-$35,000 4% $500,000
UFood $35,000 5% 2% $424,000-$605,500
Valentine Restaurant N/A 5% 2.5% $140,000-$200,000
Wild Noodles $25,000 5% $273,500-$350,000
ZooHoo's Eatery $10,000-$17,500 4.5% $69,000-$159,000

Hamburgers/Hot Dogs Franchise Opportunities

Below is a quick comparison of McDonald's against other Hamburgers/Hot Dogs franchises and business opportunities. For an in depth comparison of McDonald's with another opportunity including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options click on the name of the company to view the detailed comparison.

Franchise Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
A & W Restaurants $30,000 2.5% 2.5 $297,000-$707,000
All American Hot Dog Carts N/A $1,700-$5,799
America's Dog & Burger $30,000 $150,000
Back Yard Burgers $35,000 5% 3% $465,000-$1,680,000
Burger Joint, The $40,000 5.5% 1%Nat'l + 1%Local $199,500-$409,500
Burger King $50,000 4.5% 4% $1,200,000-$2,800,000
BurgerFi $37,500 5.5% $698,500-$1,140,000
BurgerFuel $50,000 6% of net 4% of net $300,000-$350,000
Burgerim N/A $150,000-$250,000
Carl's Jr $35,000 4% $1,375,000-$1,952,000
Carla's Sandwiches & Burgers $8,500 $850/mo. $125/mo. $81,000-$2,400,000
Carts of America N/A $2,999-$3,999
Checkers Drive-In $30,000 4% $165,796-$1,306,345
Cheeburger Cheeburger $24,500 4.5% $200,000-$387,000
Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers + Poutinerie $35,000 5% 1% Nat'l + 1% local $380,000-$486,000
Coney Beach $25,000 6% $279,000-$493,000
Coneys Frozen Custard $19,500 6% 4% $129,250-$194,500
Counter, The $50,000 6% 1% $786,000-$2,457,000
Culver $55,000 4% $1,845,000-$4,155,000
Dairy Queen $35,000 4% 5-6% $361,450-$1,835,825
Dogfather, The $25,000-$35,000 6.5% $179,300-$263,000
Dogout, The $25,000 $204,000-$474,000
Dream Maker Hot Dog Carts N/A $2,899-$15,999
Drifter's Hamburgers $25,000 5% 2% local $105,000-And Up
Elevation Burger N/A $338,500-$599,500
Farmer Boys $40,000 5% $1,200,000-$2,200,000
Fatburger $50,000 6% 2% $498,100-$850,600
Five Guys Burgers & Fries $25,000 6% 2% $152,600-$360,300
Flamer's Grill $30,000 5% 2% $171,500-$345,500
Foster's Grille $35,000 5% $300,000-$460,000
Fuddruckers $50,000 5% .25% $300,000-$1,500,000
Fulton Market Burger Company $15,000 4% 2% $275,000-$405,000
Gino's Burgers & Chicken N/A $500,000-$700,000
Good Times Burgers N/A 4% up to 5.5% $750,000-And Up
Grill'd Burger N/A 8% 2% $450,000-$550,000
Ground Pat'i Grille & Bar, The $22,000-$35,000 4% $359,800-$1,600,000
Hamburger Mary's $50,000 4% (on first $150K monthly gross), 3% (on monthly gross above $150K) $250,000-$1,000,000
Hardee's $35,000 4% $1,140,000-$1,530,000
Hero Certified Burgers $25,000 $60,000-$80,000
Hot Dog On A Stick $30,000 $290,350-$534,000
Hot Fries $30,000 $166,997-$374,900
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries $25,000 7% 1%Nat'l +2%local $191,280-$342,130
Jack in the Box $50,000 5% 5% $1,316,100-$2,414,700
Jake's Over the Top $29,000-$40,000 5% 3% $150,000-$350,000
Jerry's Curb Service $40,000 4% $959,000-$1,600,000
Johnnie's Dog House $25,000 6% $82,600-$355,750
Johnny Rockets $49,000 5% $581,000-$877,000
Krystal Restaurants $32,500 4.5% $900,000-$1,300,000
Lick's $45,000 $495,000-$595,000
Locos Grill & Pub $35,000 4% $575,400-$1,960,000
Meaty Burger & Hotdogs $1,350 0 0 $1,500
Mooyah $30,000 6% 3% Nat'l +1% local $334,950-$532,200
Mr. Goodburger's $25,000 6-8% $155,000-$210,000
Nathan's Famous $30,000 5.5% 2% $250,000-$450,000
O'Burger $30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Philly Dawgz $30,000 3.5% 3% local +1% Nat'l $77,000-$135,000
Rally's Hamburgers $30,000 4% $165,796-$1,306,345
Smashburger $40,000 5 - 6% up to 5% $545,500-$894,500
Sonic Drive In $45,000 2-5% $1,200,000-$3,200,000
Steak n Shake $25,000-$40,000 5.5% $672,000-$1,835,000
Steaks To Go $24,500 $250/wk. or 3% $110,000-$150,000
Wayback Burgers $35,000 5% 2%local +2%Nat'l $172,000-$381,500
Wendy's $40,000 4% 3.5%Nat'l +0.5% Local $2,000,000-$3,500,000
Whataburger N/A $1,200,000
Wienerschnitzel $32,000 5% $136,000-$1,000,000
Willy Dog N/A $599-$8,999
Windmill $27,500 5% 4% $127,500-$322,500
Woody's Chicago Style N/A 6% $58,600-$394,000
WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro, The $45,000 6% 2%-2.5% $650,000-$850,000

Soup, Salad and Sandwich Franchise Opportunities

Below is a quick comparison of McDonald's against other Soup, Salad and Sandwich franchises and business opportunities. For an in depth comparison of McDonald's with another opportunity including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options click on the name of the company to view the detailed comparison.

Franchise Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
All American Deli $35,000 $177,200-$484,950
AMATO'S $25,000 6% $380,000-$500,000
Apple Spice Junction N/A $181,100-$604,700
Arizona Bread Company $25,000 5% $149,000-$341,500
Atlanta Bread Company $40,000 5% $629,700-$806,300
Atlantic City Sub Shops $15,000 5% $100,000-$275,000
B2Cafe $35,000 6% 2% $500,000-And Up
Badass Jack's $15,000 $275,000
Baker Bros. American Deli $25,000 4% $430,500-$656,000
Beach Hut Deli $150,000 $167,600-$231,000
Between Rounds Bakery Sandwich Cafe $18,000-$25,000 4% $300,000-$375,000
Big Apple Bagels $25,000 5% 3% $274,345-$397,100
Blimpie $11,900-$19,900 6% 4% $139,970-$401,450
Blue Chip Cookies Drive N/A $11,000-$15,000
Box Lunch $15,000 $150,000
Buffalo Philly's $18,000 4% $215,200-$376,100
Buffalo Wild Wings $40,000 5% $1,223,200-$3,260,700
Cafe Depot $25,000 $100,000
Cafe Fresh $25,000 $133,500-$253,000
CafeMia $25,000 4.5% 2% local +2%Nat'l $221,000-$374,000
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe $25,000 5% $210,000-$470,000
Capriotti's $50,000 7 1/2% $161,000-$324,500
Capt. Sub $20,000 $120,000-$160,000
Captain Tony's $10,000-$20,000 4.5% w/cap $150,800-$282,900
Carla's Sandwiches & Burgers $8,500 $850/mo. $125/mo. $81,000-$2,400,000
Carusos Sandwich Company $30,000 $110,000-$250,000
Carving Board, The $35,000 $314,500-$621,500
Charley's Grilled Subs $24,500 6% .25% $101,572-$465,282
Chicken Salad Chick $60,000 5% 2% $242,000-$508,200
Cianci European Eatery $25,000 5% $356,000-$508,000
City Bites $15,000 5% 1% $186,500-$394,500
Cousins Subs $25,000 6% 3% local +2%Nat'l $198,700-$314,300
Cultures $30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Culver $55,000 4% $1,845,000-$4,155,000
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches $20,000 6% $391,000-$556,000
Dagwood's Sandwich Shop $20,000 $275,000-$342,000
Dagwoods $25,000 5% 3% $225,000-$250,000
Deli Delicious $15,000-$20,000 6% 2% Nat'l +1.5% local $100,600-$359,150
Doc Green's Gourmet Salads $25,000 5% $367,000-$655,000
DRUXY'S $30,000 $225,000
Duke Sandwich Company $25,000 6% $90,000-$250,000
Earl of Sandwich $25,000 6% 5% $331,600-$485,200
East Coast Subs $12,500 6% 4% $99,000-$175,000
East of Chicago Pizza Company $20,000 5% $163,000-$356,700
Energy Kitchen $30,000 5% $750,000-$1,000,000
Erbert & Gerbert's Subs & Clubs $30,000 6% 2% $190,000-$395,000
Erik's DeliCafe $20,000 5% $274,000
Extreme Pizza $25,000 4% $200,000-$396,000
F&M Deli Express $30,000 5% $145,000-$285,000
Fabrika $30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Farmer Boys $40,000 5% $1,200,000-$2,200,000
Firehouse Subs $20,000 6% $124,678-$1,263,115
Fit for Life N/A 7% 0% $180,000-And Up
Franktitude $25,000 6% 2% $169,200-$284,000
Fresh City Franchising $35,000 5% $726,000-$1,140,000
Freshii $35,000 6% 2% $145,000-$420,500
Frullati Cafe & Bakery $14,000-$30,000 6% $145,900-$519,750
Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery $35,000 7% 2% $425,000-$500,000
Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs $20,000 5% 3.5% $163,150-$274,200
Great Canadian Bagel $20,000 $120,000
Great Outdoors Sub Shops $25,000 $75,000-$260,000
Groucho's Deli $20,000 5.25% $75,000
Heidi's Brooklyn Deli $35,000 6% $307,700-$428,900
HomeSmart N/A $70,000-And Up
HoneyBaked Ham Company & Cafe, The $30,000 5-6% $278,800-$409,900
Hungry Howie's Pizza $12,500-$25,000 5% 3% $220,200-$382,500
Jason's Deli $17,500 $680,000-$905,000
Jerry's Subs & Pizza $25,000 6% $250,000-$350,000
Jersey Mike's Submarines & Salads $18,500 6.5% $177,943-$592,852
Jet's Pizza $20,000 See above $370,700-$541,500
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops $35,000 6% $325,500-$555,000
Jreck Subs $10,000 6% $49,800-$254,000
Just Fresh $25,000 5% $500,000-$675,000
Larry's Giant Subs $20,000 6% $136,800-$201,900
Lenny's Sub Shop $20,000-$25,000 6% $122,825-$350,200
Locos Grill & Pub $35,000 4% $575,400-$1,960,000
Marcellos $25,000 5% $350,000-$1,000,000
Marco's $25,000 5.5% $224,092-$549,092
Mark's Pizzeria $15,000 3% $125,000-$150,000
Milio's Sandwiches $30,000 6% 3.5% $180,000-$250,000
Moe's Italian Sandwiches $15,000 5% 1%local +1%Nat'l $93,500-$159,500
Mr. Goodcents $20,000 5% 3.5% $163,150-$274,200
Mr. Jims Pizza $11,000 6% 4% $70,000-$100,000
Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop $50,000 5% Up to 2% Monthly $99,000-$199,000
Mr. Sub $15,000 5% $160,000
Mr.Sub $30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Murphy's Deli $25,000 6% $175,200-$827,500
Mustard Cafe $25,000 5% $304,600-$426,000
My Friend's Place $17,500 Flat Flat $156,650-$260,400
Nature's Table Cafe $35,000 5% $53,200-$316,100
Nature's Way Cafe $20,000 4% $103,300-$201,500
New York 5th Av. Deli $20,000 6% 2%local +2%Nat'l $65,000-$110,000
New York Burrito-Gourmet Wraps $15,000 7% $85,000-$150,000
New York NY Fresh Deli $15,000 6% $86,000-$150,000
Newk's $40,000 5% 1/2% $754,000-$1,054,500
O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Bars $32,000 $400,000-$610,000
Original SoupMan, The $30,000 5% $79,500-$198,500
P.B. Loco N/A $200,000-$390,000
Papa's Pizza To-Go N/A 5% $139,500-$300,000
Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe N/A 6% 2% $250,000-$350,000
Planet Sub $25,000 5% 1 - 3% $182,000-$402,000
Port Of Subs $7,500-$17,500 5.5% 1% Nat'l +3% Local $124,400-$353,000
Potbelly Sandwich Shop $40,000 6% on 1st $1M, 1%more on portion over $1M Up to 4% $495,050-$813,000
Power Smoothie Cafe N/A $9,500
Pure Health $25,000 $100,000-$200,000
Quiznos $25,000 7% $24,100-$341,800
Red Rock Chili Company $25,000 6% $215,500-$394,000
Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro $30,000 6% $218,000-$414,000
Rollerz $30,000 6% 1% $138,900-$456,050
Roly Poly $20,000 4-6% $55,000-$120,000
Ronzio Pizza $15,000 4% $134,000-$183,000
Salad Bowl Cafe, The N/A $100,000-$250,000
Salad Creations Inc. $25,000 6% $160,000-$426,500
Saladarity $30,000 $355,875-$469,275
Saladworks $35,000 5% 3% $401,066-$620,610
San Francisco Oven $25,000 5% $474,100-$807,300
San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery $20,000 6% up to 2% $139,300-$276,000
Sandwich Tree Restaurants $10,000-$17,500 5% 3% $90,000-$120,000
Schlotzsky's $30,000 6% $356,740-$981,903
Silver Mine Subs N/A $192,000-$342,000
SmashHits Deli N/A 0 0 $10,000-$50,000
Snappy Tomato Pizza $15,000 5% $70,000-$160,000
Souper Salad $29,500 $575,700-$865,200
Spicy Pickle $30,000 5% $300,000
Steak Escape, The $25,000 6% $190,200-$1,300,000
streat, The $50,000 6% 2% $160,000-$260,000
Stuft Pizza $30,000 4% $350,000-$650,000
Sub Connection $19,500 5% 2% $198,175-$362,350
Sub Station II $10,500 4% $75,000-$150,000
Submarina $25,000 $218,000-$342,000
Subway $10,000-$15,000 8% 4.5% $102,000-$263,150
Sweet Peppers Deli $25,000 5% 2% local +1%Nat'l $571,500-$1,560,000
Thundercloud Subs $10,000 $65,000-$90,000
Tim Hortons $35,000 4.5% to 6% of Gross Sales 4% of Gross Sales $48,450-$1,690,300
Togo's Eateries, LLC $21,000-$30,000 5% 3% $239,700-$501,000
TossAcross $22,000 $89,000-$200,000
Tossed $25,000 5% 1% $263,500-$397,000
Tropical Smoothie Cafe $25,000 6% 2-3% $198,050-$478,550
Tubby's Sub Shops $12,515 6% $72,900-$243,500
tumble & tea cafe $30,000 6% 2% $225,000-$300,000
USA Subs $30,000 6% 2.5% $296,500-$421,167
Veggirama $25,000-$40,000 $150,000-$175,000
Vitality Bowls $35,000 6% $75,000-$2,000,000
Vivanty's Kitchen N/A $165,000-$185,000
Vocelli Pizza $30,000 5% 1% $156,000-$330,900
W G Grinders $22,500 4.5% 2% $250,000-$300,000
Wall Street Deli $30,000 5% $225,000-$475,000
Which Wich $30,000 6% $195,000-$488,750
Wow! What a Sub!! Boyz Subs & Steaks, The $17,500 4% $187,500-$249,000
Z Pizza $30,000 6% $253,500-$352,500
Zero's Subs $15,000 6% $150,000-$250,000
Zoup! Fresh Soup Company $39,900 6% National Brand & Customer Service Fund 1.5% $365,900-$558,900