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Banquet Server Salary

Average Banquet Servers in the United States make around $10.02 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.73 per hour and $15.91. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a fourth receive medical and dental insurance and close to one-eighth get vision insurance. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,740 - $60,823
(Median)
$19K
$34K
$61K
MEDIAN: $33,696
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$7.73 - $15.91
(Median)
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary 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.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$18,740 - $60,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
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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$16,913 - $41,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $15.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $13.52  
Overtime
$6.05 - $22.82  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
   
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).
)
$16,913 - $41,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $25K on average. Banquet Servers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $32K on average.

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Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 75%