Dishwasher Salary

For Dishwashers, hourly average wages total $8.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.36 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $10.36. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The vast majority (86 percent) of Dishwashers who answered the questionnaire are male. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth enjoy medical while close to a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a tenth. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals in this role do not enjoy their work. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,312 - $24,011

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$7.36 - $10.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$15,312 - $24,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $145.44  
Total Pay (?
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$15,394 - $22,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.36 - $10.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.33  
Overtime
$4.83 - $15.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $145.44  
   
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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$15,394 - $22,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Dishwashers, Chili's Grill & Bar, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are leading firms in the industry. Although salaries only range from $17K to just $24K, Chili's Grill & Bar still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $20K. Olive Garden Restaurants, Denny's, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Dishwashers earning around $19K, $18K, or $18K at each firm, respectively.

With a median salary of $17K, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. provides Dishwashers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $21K, limiting employee salary growth. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

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


For Dishwashers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger 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. For Dishwashers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $19K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Dishwashers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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