Overview and benefits


Offering a bit of nostalgia to every customer, Sonic is an American owned and operated, drive-in fast-food restaurant based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Diners who visit a Sonic pull into the restaurant’s bay and place their order. Orders are then delivered by a carhop on roller skates. In addition to the fun delivery, every customer loves the restaurant’s expansive milkshake menu, cherry lime-aid drinks, hot dog value meal and other menu items.

A fast-paced, customer-centered work environment, Sonic is a great place to work for anyone searching for a stable, entry-level position. Sonic supports creativity and aims to hire those who have innovative ideas and are passionate about what they do.


For more information on Sonic and opportunities to become part of a Sonic team visit https://www.sonicdrivein.com/.

Number of employees

Across 45 states, there are more than 3,500 Sonic stores. These stores employ over 10,000 people.

Date founded

Although Sonic’s story started right after World War II, the franchise wasn’t officially founded until the late 1950s when Troy N. Smith Sr. changed the name to Sonic. Since then, the super speedy old-fashioned restaurant continues to deliver classic American favorites to family cars all over the United States.

Company mission statement

The mission at Sonic is simple, “To become America’s most loved restaurant brand.” The franchise also operates under the core value of respect for everyone touched by the brand and believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and the power of an individual.


Sonic operates in the fast-food restaurant industry and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 quick-service and fast-casual restaurant brands in the nation. As a young company, Sonic continues to develop its franchises and acquire new locations on a regular basis. The company also continues to operate according to its belief in innovation by constantly adding new items to its menu.

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How old do you need to be to work at Sonic?

The minimum age requirement to work at Sonic is 16 years old.

Does Sonic require a drug test?

Sonic doesn’t require drug tests as part of the hiring process. However, Sonic does reserve the right to test employees at random and has a policy of testing employees if they’re injured on the job and seek medical attention.

How much do Sonic employees make?

Both full-time and part-time crew members at Sonic receive competitive pay, based on their position. Most carhops earn around $7.00 per hour with the opportunity to earn tips. Other hourly employees such as kitchen staff make approximately $10.00 per hour on average.

What are the requirements to work at Sonic?

Being at least 16 years old is the only strict requirement to become a team member at Sonic. However, the company communicates to job seekers that Sonic prefers to hire individuals that are able to work irregular hours, have strong communication skills and can abide by all workplace rules regarding appearance and demeanor.