This is How Much it Costs to Open a McDonald’s

McDonald’s might have some of the cheapest menu offerings around, but big bucks are required to set up shop with the iconic fast food chain.

The average McDonald’s restaurant is a serious money-maker, generating nearly $2.7 million in annual sales. Behind Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, and Panera Bread, McDonald’s is the fourth-highest-grossing chain in the US by sales per unit, according to QSR magazine.

But, compared to Chick fil-A, which only requires $10,000 to open a franchise, the company requires that potential franchisees have liquid assets of at least $500,000. That’s just to be considered.

All told, including the initial $45,000 franchise fee, the total investment necessary to begin operation of a McDonald’s franchise ranges from $1 million to upwards $2 million in construction and startup costs. According to McDonald’s, the total is determined by the geography and size of the restaurant, as well as by equipment, signage, style of decor, and landscaping.