Food Service Worker Salary
|Salary||$10,062 - $35,440|
|Bonus||$25.76 - $1,007|
|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).)
|$16,472 - $30,057|
|Hourly Rate||$8.02 - $13.79|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $2.29|
|Overtime||$7.28 - $21.57|
|Bonus||$25.76 - $1,007|
|Total Pay (||$16,472 - $30,057|
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.Read More...
Serving food and drinks is usually the main responsibility for a food service worker. For example, a food service worker in a school cafeteria may serve food to a line of people from behind a buffet-style enclosure. Other responsibilities may include refilling condiments containers and other supplies, cleaning work stations, collecting the bill, and making change. In some instances, such as a food service worker in a high-end restaurant, choosing wine or explaining food preparation are expected of a food service worker. Many times, a food service worker also is expected to be able to execute proper table setting and napkin folding.
Food service workers are expected to be courteous to each other and to the guests or residents of their establishment. They must maintain a safe and sanitary working condition at all times. No minimum education requirements are usually in place, although some organizations may prefer or require a high school diploma or GED.
Food Service Worker Tasks
- Prepares food orders.
- Works as short order cook.
- Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
- Serves retail food items.
Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker
Food Service Workers fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Subway Restaurant Inc, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services. Costco Wholesale Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $28K. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Compass Group, and Aramark Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Workers earning around $23K, $21K, or $21K at each firm, respectively.
Taco Bell Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Subway Restaurant Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $17K, $18K, and $18K-paychecks on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker
Pay by Experience for a Food Service Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 1,243 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Food Service Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 364 salaries. A Food Service Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 126 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Food Service Workers in search of higher pay head east. New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia all offer salaries above the national rate. Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Austin and 5 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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