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Banquet Server Salary

Banquet Servers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.99 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.67 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.37. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Nearly one in four have medical and dental plans, and around one in seven have vision insurance. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$17,340 - $59,910
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MEDIAN: $30,339
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$7.67 - $15.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,340 - $59,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $293.61  
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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$16,900 - $40,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $15.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $15.21  
Overtime
$6.16 - $22.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $293.61  
   
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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$16,900 - $40,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Banquet Server

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


Banquet Servers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $21K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $24K. For Banquet Servers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $26K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $31K.

Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 75%