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Dishwasher Salary

Average Dishwashers in the United States make around $8.55 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.33 per hour, and the top verges on $10.33. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. Just over one in five enjoy medical while close to one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-tenth. Dishwashers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. A low level of job satisfaction is experienced by most workers in this role. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$14,795 - $24,328
(Median)
$15K
$20K
$24K
MEDIAN: $19,773
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$7.33 - $10.33
(Median)
$7
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$14,795 - $24,328  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $102.41  
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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$15,315 - $22,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.33 - $10.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.06  
Overtime
$4.44 - $15.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $102.41  
   
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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$15,315 - $22,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060

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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, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, firms that are at the top of the field. Salary cannot be beat at Chili's Grill & Bar, where median pay comes to $20K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $17K, and the higher end is not far away at $24K. 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.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $17K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $21K and scope of pay is rather limited. 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.


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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $19K. Dishwashers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 157 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
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 76%
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