Banquet Server Salary (United States)

Banquet Servers in the United States usually make around $10.00 per hour. Pay begins at $7.68 per hour on the low end and climbs to $15.35 near the top. Benefits are common in this line of work, with 23 percent reporting medical and dental coverage and 15 percent collecting vision insurance. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Banquet Servers—the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Banquet Server Salary (?
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$17,160 - $56,086
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MEDIAN: $29,660
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Banquet Server Salary (?
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$7.68 - $15.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,160 - $56,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
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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$16,843 - $40,647  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $15.60  
Overtime
$6.16 - $22.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
   
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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$16,843 - $40,647  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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.
For Banquet Servers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $21K—can reach $24K. Salary comes to $26K after 10 to 20 years. As Banquet Servers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $31K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 76%
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