Food Server Salary

Food Servers in the United States pull down an average of $8.82 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third enjoy medical while just under one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-sixth. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The majority of Food Servers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$9,536 - $42,894
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MEDIAN: $20,060
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$4.12 - $11.56
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MEDIAN: $8.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$9,536 - $42,894  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,355 - $34,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$4.12 - $11.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $13.06  
Overtime
$11.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$15,355 - $34,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Food Servers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $20K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. Food Servers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. As Food Servers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in 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 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Food Server Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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