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Average Hourly Rate for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants Employees

Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $12.94), people who work for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants earn a median wage of $9.07 per hour. Though how long you've been working and where you live do impact pay, what you do at the company is the primary influence on employee salary at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
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Employer: Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Restaurant Host/Hostess (8)
$7.11 - $10.76  
[-]Restaurant Host/Hostess (8)
Hourly Rate$7.11 - $10.76  
[+]Line Cook (8)
$7.91 - $13.15  
[+]Line Cook (8)
Hourly Rate$7.91 - $13.15  
[+]Server (5)
$2.21 - $9.57  
[+]Server (5)
Hourly Rate$2.21 - $9.57  
[+]Dishwasher (4)
$7.50 - $10.82  
[+]Dishwasher (4)
Hourly Rate$7.50 - $10.82  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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Lead Cooks are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $12.57 per hour; Prep Cooks, Food Preparation Workers, and Line Cooks also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $10.32, $9.75, and approximately $9.74, respectively. With salaries averaging , Servers are among the lowest paid at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants.

Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of about $9.97 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (55 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $8.75 per hour on average.


U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Pennsylvania; pay there average to around $10.92 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified ServSafe Food Handlers earn about $10.36 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Regarding pay and education, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants pays those with a Bachelor's Degree the most —.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Food Preparation among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $12.57 per hour.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Nearly one-half have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to free drinks and life insurance.

Key Stats for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants


45 %
55 %
Hourly Rate
$4 - $10
Hourly Rate
$6 - $10
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
United States (change)

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