Dishwasher Salary

Dishwashers in the United States pull down an average of $8.62 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.36 per hour and $10.37. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Men make up the vast majority of Dishwashers (87 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fourth, and around one in seven earn dental coverage. The majority of workers in this position feel that job satisfaction is low. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,993 - $23,952
(Median)
$15K
$19K
$24K
MEDIAN: $18,956
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$7.36 - $10.37
(Median)
$7
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$8K$16K$24K
Salary
$14,993 - $23,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $116.35  
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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$15,387 - $22,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.36 - $10.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.00  
Overtime
$4.92 - $15.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $116.35  
   
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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$15,387 - $22,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,122
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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, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Dishwashers. Pay for Dishwashers is best at Chili's Grill & Bar, which offers a median salary of $20K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $17K to $24K. Dishwashers will also find cushy salaries at Olive Garden Restaurants (+$19K), Denny's (+$18K), and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants (+$18K).

Pay for Dishwashers is the lowest at Outback Steakhouse, Inc., which has a median salary of $17K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $21K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ($17K), Crackerbarrel ($17K), and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($18K).

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $18K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $19K. Dishwashers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $19K. Dishwashers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $20K.

Dishwasher Reviews

What is it like working as a Dishwasher?

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.

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Experience Affects Dishwasher Salaries

Late-Career
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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 160 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 76%
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