For Food Servers, hourly average wages total $8.83 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Approximately one in four enjoy medical while just under one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-seventh. 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. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$9,469 - $52,645
(Median)
$10K
$20K
$53K
MEDIAN: $20,077
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$3.93 - $11.62
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$3
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$9,469 - $52,645  
   
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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$15,206 - $35,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$3.93 - $11.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $13.14  
Overtime
$9.75  
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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$15,206 - $35,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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

  • 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.


Food Servers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $23K. Food Servers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. As Food Servers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $29K.

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Experience Affects Food Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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