Banquet Server Salary

The average Banquet Server in the United States earns approximately $10.04 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.81 per hour, and the top verges on $15.74. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fifth collect dental insurance. Women Banquet Servers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,828 - $65,436
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$65K
MEDIAN: $30,339
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$7.81 - $15.74
(Median)
$7
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$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$16,828 - $65,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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$17,124 - $42,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.81 - $15.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $14.19  
Overtime
$5.00 - $22.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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$17,124 - $42,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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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Common Career Paths for Banquet Server


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Though it's uncommon, some Banquet Servers move into roles as Food and Beverage Managers, where pay is an average $43K per year. When Banquet Servers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Banquet Managers or Banquet Captains. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $7K, respectively.

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Banquet Servers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $21K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $26K on average. Banquet Servers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $32K.

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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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Experience Affects Banquet Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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