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Dishwasher Salary

Median pay for Dishwashers in the United States is around $8.54 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.32 per hour on the low end to $10.33 on the high end. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Men account for the majority of Dishwashers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Slightly more than a fifth enjoy medical while roughly a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. Job satisfaction is reported as low by the majority of workers in this position. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,795 - $24,328
(Median)
$15K
$20K
$24K
MEDIAN: $19,773
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$7.32 - $10.33
(Median)
$7
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$10
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 - $102.27  
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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$15,300 - $22,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.32 - $10.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.25  
Overtime
$4.40 - $15.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $102.27  
   
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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$15,300 - $22,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,047

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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.

Dishwasher Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dishwasher


Dishwashers fill the offices of leading firms Chili's Grill & Bar, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants. Chili's Grill & Bar offers the best pay with a median salary of $20K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $17K and maxing out at just $24K. Dishwashers can also look forward to large paychecks at Olive Garden Restaurants ($19K), Denny's ($18K), and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($18K).

Pay for Dishwashers is the lowest at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 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 Outback Steakhouse, Inc. ($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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $18K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $19K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $19K in this role. Dishwashers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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
up arrow 12%

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
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: 12% employee benefits None: 76%
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