Dishwasher Salary

Median pay for Dishwashers in the United States is around $8.77 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.41 per hour and $10.48. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up the vast majority of Dishwashers (85 percent) who took the survey. Most workers in this role are not happy with their job, claiming low levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a fourth enjoy medical while nearly one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-eighth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,922 - $24,134
(Median)
$15K
$19K
$24K
MEDIAN: $18,633
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$7.41 - $10.48
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$7
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$14,922 - $24,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.18  
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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$15,468 - $23,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.41 - $10.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.15  
Overtime
$4.74 - $15.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.18  
   
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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$15,468 - $23,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,468
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Job Description for Dishwasher

Dishwashers work at restaurants, conference centers, pubs and institutional food-service settings. They wash, clean and dry dishes and other tools (such as cutlery) that are used in the kitchen and by customers. In some settings, dishwashers hold additional titles (such as dishwasher/utility), and many kitchen cleanup duties are generally assigned to everyone on the staff, including the dishwashers.

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Dishwasher Tasks

  • Sweep and mop kitchen floors.
  • Keep the dish machine clean and report any functional and mechanical problems immediately.
  • Load, run and unload dish machine and wash pots, pans and trays.
  • Segregate and remove trash and garbage and place it in designated containers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dishwasher


Many Dishwashers can be found at Chili's Grill & Bar, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Olive Garden Restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, firms that are at the top of the field. Although the highest salaries can be found at Chili's Grill & Bar where median pay is $20K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $18K and $24K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Olive Garden Restaurants at $19K, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc at $19K, and Denny's, where Dishwashers annually earn $18K.

Salaries are easily beat at Outback Steakhouse, Inc., where median pay comes to just $17K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $21K, range in salary is rather small. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $18K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $19K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dishwashers make a median salary of $20K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Dishwasher Reviews

What is it like working as a Dishwasher?

Dishwasher in Viroqua:
"Strenuous and repetitive."
Pros: I get along with most of my co workers and when I can zone out and get all the work done no one bothers me.
Cons: My manager seems to feel that a dishwasher is deserving of less respect then a server or even the machine I do the dishes in.

Dishwasher in Lafayette:
"It's horrible."
Pros: I guess the only thing really is that the people I work with are amazing. They help keep my day going and if I would need off anytime I just call and they help me.
Cons: I got to do everything plus my job. I thought I was just a dish washer not a prep and all that other stuff. Gotta peel shrimp and butter bred. Gotta stop my job and do everything else.. It's just an under paying job. The stress is so horrible that I sometimes cry because being overwhelmed with crap. I'm a 17 year old hard core atv and motocross rider and take hits but this job here is just nuts. I rather work in the 100 degree weather any day for 8 an hour but this is just painful phisical and very mentally.

Dishwasher in Moreno Valley:
Pros: On top of dish washing I'm also line cooking and preparing food. So that helps me stay motivated to come to work, since I do have a passion for cooking.
Cons: It can get overwhelming knowing that I have so many responsibilities at work compared to my coworkers given the amount of time I've been there.

What is it like working as a Dishwasher at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc?

Dishwasher in 85296:
"It's lIke a revolving door."
Pros: The people, and there willingness to help you improve your life, the eh give people chances that 90% of franchises don't.
Cons: Job training is horrible...... Here is your area your job is to do this and this watch..1 minute passes..... OK you try........8 hours pass......... So what you think. They need better training one day and that is not training.

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Experience Affects Dishwasher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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