Average Hourly Rate for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants Employees

The average pay for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants employees is $8.85 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $12.94. For the most part, employee paychecks at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants fluctuate depending on your role at the company; how long you've been working and where you live also matter, but to a lesser degree. This synopsis is derived from responses to the PayScale's salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
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)
$6.93 - $11.19  
[-]Restaurant Host/Hostess (8)
Hourly Rate$6.93 - $11.19  
[+]Line Cook (7)
$7.52 - $13.21  
[+]Line Cook (7)
Hourly Rate$7.52 - $13.21  
[+]Dishwasher (4)
$7.50 - $10.96  
[+]Dishwasher (4)
Hourly Rate$7.50 - $10.96  
[+]Server (4)
$2.04 - $8.28  
[+]Server (4)
Hourly Rate$2.04 - $8.28  
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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: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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About This Company





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Bringing in the most money are Lead Cooks — their earnings average $12.57. Prep Cooks are a close second at approximately $10.53 along with Line Cooks ($9.56) and Dishwashers ($8.65). Servers are among the lowest paid at.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants for between five and ten years earn around $9.50 on average. Overall, the greater share of Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants folks have one to four years of experience and earn about $8.56 per hour.


Residents of Columbia pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $9.25 per hour; other top-paying cities include Daytona Beach ($9.00) and Cleveland ($7.38). By state, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants employees make the most in South Carolina, earning approximately $10.50 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified ServSafe Food Handlers, who make about $10.05. At Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, employees who hold an Associate's Degree receive the highest pay at $8.00.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Food Preparation; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $12.57.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants sponsors. Close to one-half of workers report having health insurance, and around two in five workers report having dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are free drinks and life insurance.

Key Stats for Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants


40 %
60 %
Hourly Rate
$2 - $10
Hourly Rate
$5 - $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 14 votes.

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