The average Dishwasher in the United States earns approximately $9.03 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Dishwashers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Just over one in five enjoy medical while close to one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in ten. Most Dishwashers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,935 - $30,201
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MEDIAN: $18,593
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$7.58 - $10.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$14,935 - $30,201  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$196.53  
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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$15,896 - $23,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $10.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.03  
Overtime
$5.53 - $17.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $1,174  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53  
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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$15,896 - $23,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,611

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dishwasher


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Olive Garden Restaurants, Crackerbarrel, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Denny's are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Dishwashers. Dishwashers in search of the best pay head to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $22K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $26K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $18K. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Bj's Brewhouse also offer top salaries for Dishwashers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $21K, $20K, and $20K, respectively.

Outback Steakhouse, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $17K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $21K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Ruby Tuesday, Inc., and Crackerbarrel, all paying $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 $19K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $20K. Dishwashers see a median salary of $20K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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