Food Server Salary

Earnings for Food Servers in the United States come in at around $8.91 per hour on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Food Servers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fourth, and just under one in five earn dental coverage. The majority of Food Servers (67 percent) who took the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$9,469 - $50,684
$10K
$22K
$51K
MEDIAN: $21,600
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$4.09 - $12.05
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MEDIAN: $8.91
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$0$50K
Salary $9,469 - $50,684
Bonus $100.00
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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$15,170 - $34,740
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17
Hourly Data $0$17
Hourly Rate $4.09 - $12.05
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $12.67
Overtime $11.25
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $100.00
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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$15,170 - $34,740
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 212

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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

Pay by Experience for a Food Server has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 151 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Food Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 38 salaries. A Food Server with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 21 salaries.

Food Server Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Server?

Food Server in Canton:
"Alright."
Pros: Spending time with the residents.
Cons: No benefits and no future really.

Key Stats for Food Server

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
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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 40 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 72%
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