Catering Assistant Salary

The median total income of Catering Assistants is around $27K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.40 per hour to $16.15. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Catering Assistants are female. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, a little less than one-half claim no health benefits at all. Though the majority of Catering Assistants do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,898 - $43,912
(Median)
$19K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,492
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$8.40 - $16.15
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,898 - $43,912  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$18,193 - $39,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $16.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $14.90  
Overtime
$11.52 - $25.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$18,193 - $39,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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Job Description for Catering Assistant

Catering assistants work for a companies that provides custom meals, such as event facilities, restaurants, and companies that provide meals for patients. When working for a catering company that deals with events, the catering assistant may help to organize event details and files. The catering assistant may be tasked with coordinating various services from third parties so that the facility and equipment is set up properly, according to client requests. The catering assistant may help with marketing efforts such as answering phone calls, meeting with customers, and creating marketing documents. When customers have concerns or complaints, the catering assistant should work to remedy these issues.

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Catering Assistant Tasks

  • Deliver menu sections for the day.
  • Assist in menus for dinner, breakfast and snacks.
  • Set up and deliver food to customers.
  • Assist with the general clean up.

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Pay by Experience Level for Catering Assistant

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


For Catering Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $26K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $27K. Catering Assistants bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Catering Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $33K.

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Experience Affects Catering Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 47%
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