Banquet Server Salary

Banquet Servers in the United States take home approximately $10.23 per hour on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Banquet Servers (60 percent) survey participants are women. Most Banquet Servers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Slightly less than a fifth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and around one in eight collect vision insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,604 - $63,616
$21K
$37K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,907
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$7.78 - $15.57
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$16
MEDIAN: $10.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,604 - $63,616  
   
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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$17,780 - $47,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.78 - $15.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.57 - $20.35  
Overtime
$7.89 - $26.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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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$17,780 - $47,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231

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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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Banquet Server Tasks

  • Serve food and drink to guests, relaying special orders to kitchen staff.
  • Welcome guests upon arrival and respond to all questions and complaints.
  • Maintain cleanliness of banquet room throughout event, bussing tables and sanitizing service areas.
  • Prepare and break-down banquet room, including tables, buffet, and food displays, as per supervisor’s instruction.

Common Career Paths for Banquet Server


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Banquet Servers who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. It is quite typical for Banquet Servers to transition into roles as Banquet Managers or Banquet Captains, where reported median earnings are $16K and $7K higher per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Banquet Server

Pay by Experience for a Banquet Server has a positive trend. An entry-level Banquet Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 175 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Banquet Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Banquet Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 51 salaries. A Banquet Server with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 25 salaries.

Banquet Server Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Banquet Server

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
▲46%

Experienced
▲31%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$25,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 80%
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