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Dishwasher Salary

Average Dishwashers in the United States make around $8.51 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.33 per hour on the low end to $10.32 on the high end. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Just under a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in seven collect dental insurance. Unfortunately, most individuals in this role do not enjoy their jobs. Dishwashers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$14,899 - $24,511
(Median)
$15K
$20K
$25K
MEDIAN: $20,000
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$7.33 - $10.32
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$14,899 - $24,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $103.55  
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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$15,309 - $22,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.33 - $10.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.31  
Overtime
$4.87 - $15.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $103.55  
   
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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$15,309 - $22,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,001

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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


Chili's Grill & Bar, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Olive Garden Restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Dishwashers. Although Chili's Grill & Bar offers the highest salaries (median pay is $20K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $17K to $24K. Dishwashers can also look forward to large paychecks at Olive Garden Restaurants ($19K), Denny's ($18K), and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($18K).

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $21K. Also approaching the lower end are Outback Steakhouse, Inc. at $17K, Crackerbarrel at $17K, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants at $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $18K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $19K. Dishwashers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $19K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $20K on average.

Dishwasher Reviews

What is it like working as a Dishwasher?

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.

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Experience Affects Dishwasher Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 76%