Overview and benefits


Famous for its perfectly swirled cones and tasty Blizzard treats, Dairy Queen is one of the most well-known ice cream shops across the United States and the world.

Not fast food, but "Fan Food," Dairy Queen offers visitors a variety of food and beverage options that promise to satisfy hunger and sweet cravings. From flame-grilled burgers and hot dogs to crispy chicken tenders and fresh salads, the lunch and dinner menu has something for everyone. Dairy Queen offers a large dessert menu. Peanut Buster Parfaits, Banana Splits, Dilly Bars and Blizzards are just a few of the signature offerings that stand out beside classic treats like cones and shakes.

In addition to learning how to create the perfect swirl that tops every ice cream cone, Dairy Queen employees also enjoy a friendly work environment with high standards for customer service. Competitive hourly pay, top-notch training and the opportunity to advance within the company are a few of the biggest benefits Dairy Queen employees receive.


For more information about Dairy Queen and opportunities to work for a Dairy Queen store, visit https://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/.

Number of employees

Currently, there are 6,800 Dairy Queen stores in over 25 different countries across the globe. These stores employ nearly 100,000 entry-level and full-time employees who happily serve up Dairy Queen’s famous frozen treats.

Date founded

Native to the Midwest, the first Dairy Queen was founded in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois by a man named Sherb Noble. At the time, the small shop was known solely for selling its simple yet delicious frozen dairy treat.


As time progressed, Dairy Queen continued to innovate new and delicious ice cream treats and grew a popular menu. Owners also realized that there was an opportunity for serving more than ice cream and they developed a series of new stores that included the Dairy Queen Brazier in 1958 and the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in the 2000s.

Company mission statement

Dairy Queen has a simple mission, “To create positive memories for all who touch DQ.” and a vision “To be the world’s favorite quick-service restaurant.”


The American Dairy Queen Corporation operates within the fast-food and food service industries and is known by ice cream lovers across the globe. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the popular franchise has stood the test of time and continues to thrive in a market that produces new frozen dessert shops regularly. Company executives, franchise owners and hourly employees all enjoy working for such a successful legacy.

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How old do you need to be to work at Dairy Queen?

To wear the coveted DQ apron and work behind the front counter, you must be at least 16 years of age. However, there are a few select states where Dairy Queen will allow individuals as young as 14 to become a crew member.

Does Dairy Queen require a drug test?

Dairy Queen does not drug test hourly employees. However, like all other employers, it reserves the right to do so at random.

How much do Dairy Queen employees make?

Most Dairy Queen crew members start out earning minimum wage with the opportunity to earn incremental raises as they advance. Depending on the store and the position, individual crew members, such as assistant managers, shift leaders and general managers, are also eligible to receive benefits packages in addition to competitive pay.

What are the requirements to work at Dairy Queen?

Besides age, there are no minimum qualifications or work experience required to become a crew member at Dairy Queen. Many team members start out working for a Dairy Queen franchise in high school.