Dishwasher Salary (United States)

Salaries for Dishwashers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $8.35 per hour. Compensation starts at $7.27 per hour and can reach $10.22. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; 22 percent claim both medical and dental insurance and 11 percent get vision coverage. The vast majority (88 percent) of Dishwashers are male. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Dishwasher Salary (?
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$15,973 - $24,216
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20,512
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Dishwasher Salary (?
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$7.27 - $10.22
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$15,973 - $24,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.34  
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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$15,184 - $22,109  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.27 - $10.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.24  
Overtime
$5.62 - $15.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.34  
   
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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$15,184 - $22,109  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 908
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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

Chili's Grill & Bar pays the most with a median salary of $20,049, though there is little variation overall ($18,034-$24K).
Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $14,752 to just $19,854—but Cracker Barrel Old Country Store offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $16,604. Outback Steakhouse, Inc. and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $16,924 and $17,755.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Dishwashers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. At career start, salaries are typically $17,353, which grows to $18,959 after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $18,998. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Dishwashers and pay is expected at $21K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 15 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$18,000
Orlando
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New York
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St. Louis
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Dishwashers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Dishwashers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent) and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Orlando (-2 percent and -1 percent, respectively).

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
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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