Catering Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.87 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Catering Assistants is high. The vast majority (88 percent) of Catering Assistants who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,173 - $53,000
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$53K
MEDIAN: $37,000
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$8.91 - $16.09
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,173 - $53,000  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$18,707 - $38,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $16.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.57  
Overtime
$13.68 - $25.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$18,707 - $38,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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.


Catering Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $25K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $26K. Catering Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. 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 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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