Food Server Salary (United States)

A Food Server earns an average wage of $7.15 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Food Server Total Pay (?
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$11,792 - $49,156
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37K
49K
MEDIAN: $24,513
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Food Server Total Pay (?
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$2.16 - $10.12
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$11,792 - $49,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $792  
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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$9,005 - $37,929  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 417
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$2.16 - $10.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.92 - $16.49  
Overtime
$1.53 - $17.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $792  
   
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).
)
$9,005 - $37,929  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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Job Description for Food Server
  • Input the order to the kitchen.
  • Record the details of the order from the guests.
  • When complete, retrieve order the from kitchen, confirm its accuracy, and deliver to guest.
  • Greet guests in a friendly and courteous manner and explain any specials and restaurant promotions for guest awareness.
  • Operate procedures to pre-check order and close out the check.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Server
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Las Vegas
up arrow 47%
Los Angeles
up arrow 12%
National Average
$20,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Experience Affects Food Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$20,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 77%
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