Food Service Worker Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Food Service Worker is $9.36 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Food Service Worker Total Pay (?
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$8,344 - $39,824
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MEDIAN: $19,886
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Food Service Worker Total Pay (?
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$7.52 - $13.62
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$8,344 - $39,824  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $406.05  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,179  
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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$15,549 - $30,061  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.52 - $13.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.20  
Overtime
$0.99 - $22.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $406.05  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,179  
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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$15,549 - $30,061  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,367
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Job Description for Food Service Worker
A food service worker may work as a waiter, waitress or bartender at a restaurant; they may or may not need a certificate or license. Some industries consider bussers and dishwashers to be food service workers. Food service workers can find employment in hospital, nursing home, or school, among many other institutions.
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Food Service Worker Tasks
  • Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
  • Serves retail food items.
  • Prepares food orders.
  • Works as short order cook.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Las Vegas
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Philadelphia
up arrow 24%
New York
up arrow 22%
Los Angeles
up arrow 21%
Chicago
up arrow 13%
Seattle
up arrow 8%
Indianapolis
up arrow 7%
San Diego
up arrow 4%
Austin
up arrow 4%
National Average
$20,000
St. Louis
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 4%
Atlanta
up arrow 8%
San Antonio
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$20,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 236 votes.
Gender
Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 55%
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