The average Banquet Server in the United States earns approximately $10.13 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Banquet Servers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by roughly a fifth, and around one in eight earn vision coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,022 - $64,564
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$17K
$35K
$65K
MEDIAN: $35,232
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$7.76 - $16.28
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$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$17,022 - $64,564  
   
Bonus
$203.47  
Total Pay (?
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$17,184 - $44,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $16.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49 - $20.35  
Overtime
$7.68 - $27.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$203.47  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,184 - $44,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
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Job Description for Banquet Server

Banquet servers work as part of a team to serve food and beverages at events. They are involved in all aspects of banquets, such as setting up tables, folding napkins, serving guests, and cleaning up. These individuals may also be required to perform basic kitchen tasks as needed. Banquet servers must be courteous and responsive to the needs of guests, ensuring attendees are properly served. Banquet servers work in a variety of settings, such as hotels, college campuses, and independent catering companies. Wages vary depending on the employer; some banquet servers work for an hourly wage plus tips, and others receive an hourly wage plus a portion of the cost of the event. Hours vary depending on the needs of the employer, although evening and weekend events are common.

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While Banquet Servers do not often become Food and Beverage Managers, the job pays $43K per year on average. Banquet Servers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Banquet Managers or Banquet Captains. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Banquet Server

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Banquet Servers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $24K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $27K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.

Banquet Server Reviews

What is it like working as a Banquet Server?

Banquet Server in Detroit:
"You never have work."
Pros: Being able to work wen you have party's and make so money . And the down side is that if the company don't have busy you don't have work and your work check look little , like 15.96 is what you will be being home.
Cons: No work.

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Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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