Banquet Server Salary

Earnings for Banquet Servers in the United States come in at around $10.05 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $7.74 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.05. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Banquet Servers (55 percent) survey respondents. Nearly one-fourth receive medical and dental insurance and approximately one-seventh get vision plans. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,679 - $67,500

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$7.74 - $16.05

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$16,679 - $67,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $354.79  
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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$16,946 - $42,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.74 - $16.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $14.17  
Overtime
$5.50 - $22.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $354.79  
   
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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$16,946 - $42,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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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 many Banquet Servers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $25K. Banquet Servers bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 74%
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