Food Service Worker Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Food Service Workers in the United States typically comes in around $9.42 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.58 per hour on the low end to $13.74 on the high end. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by 42 percent and dental coverage is claimed by about a third. Female Food Service Workers are more common than men; more than half (68 percent) of Food Service Workers are women. Though the majority of Food Service Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$8,274 - $39,236
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MEDIAN: $20,089
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Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$7.58 - $13.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$8,274 - $39,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.75  
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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$15,642 - $30,272  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $13.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.27  
Overtime
$0.91 - $22.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.75  
   
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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$15,642 - $30,272  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,249
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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.

Food Service Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker

Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark Food Services, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Food Service Workers. Those at Whole Foods Market, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $22,362.
Pay for Food Service Workers is the lowest at Subway Restaurant Inc, which has a median salary of $16,403. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $20K. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Food Service Workers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $18,775 to $21K. Pay amounts to $24K after 10 to 20 years. Food Service Workers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $24K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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$20,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Workers, 28 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, and Dallas, where Food Service Workers annually earn 27 percent, 23 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent more than the national average. In Orlando, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (-7 percent) and Atlanta (-4 percent).

Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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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
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 55%
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