Earnings for Food Servers in the United States come in at around $8.82 per hour on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Food Servers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. One in four enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in seven. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Food Servers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$9,536 - $42,894
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MEDIAN: $20,059
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$9,536 - $42,894  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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$15,422 - $34,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$4.00 - $11.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.85  
Overtime
$13.62  
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,422 - $34,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 207

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Job Description for Food Server

Food servers are tasked with taking orders accurately, answering guest questions about the menu or restaurant in general, and then delivering that food in a timely manner. A food server is also expected to perform quality control work by checking back with guests. The server also presents the check at the end of service and may process the payment. In restaurants without bus persons, the server also cleans and resets his or her table after guests depart.

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Food Server Tasks

  • 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.
  • When complete, retrieve order the from kitchen, confirm its accuracy, and deliver to guest.
  • Input the order to the kitchen.
  • Record the details of the order from the guests.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Server

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


Food Servers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $20K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $24K. Food Servers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $27K.

Key Stats for Food Server

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Food Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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