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Dishwasher Salary

Median pay for Dishwashers in the United States is around $8.38 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.29 per hour on the lower end to $10.24 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to just over one in five, and close to a seventh earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Dishwashers who answered the questionnaire are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$15,973 - $24,822
(Median)
$16K
$21K
$25K
MEDIAN: $20,512
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$7.29 - $10.24
(Median)
$7
$8
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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 - $24,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
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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$15,221 - $22,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.29 - $10.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.22  
Overtime
$5.04 - $15.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
   
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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$15,221 - $22,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 938
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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, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Denny's. Pay for Dishwashers is best at Chili's Grill & Bar, which offers a median salary of $20K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $18K to $24K.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 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 $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $17K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $19K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $19K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $20K.

Dishwasher Reviews

What is it like working as a Dishwasher?

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.

Experience Affects Dishwasher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
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National Average
$18,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 75%