Earnings for Food Service Workers in the United States come in at around $9.93 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Though the majority of Food Service Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Female Food Service Workers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 67 percent of professionals. While some workers in this profession — more than half — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$9,991 - $35,240
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MEDIAN: $20,624
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$7.98 - $13.70
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MEDIAN: $9.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$9,991 - $35,240  
   
Bonus
$25.34 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
Total Pay (?
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$16,410 - $29,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $13.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.04  
Overtime
$7.58 - $21.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$25.34 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$16,410 - $29,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,802

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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

  • Prepares food orders.
  • Works as short order cook.
  • Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
  • Serves retail food items.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Food Service Workers include Sodexo, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, Aramark, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services. Food Service Workers flock to Costco Wholesale Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $28K lead the pack in compensation. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Aramark Corporation also offer top salaries for Food Service Workers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $24K, $23K, and $21K, respectively.

Workers at Taco Bell Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Subway Restaurant Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $17K, $18K, and $18K respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Food Service Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $20K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $22K. On average, Food Service Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $24K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Food Service Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Worker?

Food Service Worker in Greensboro:
"Food runner."
Pros: I love the environment that it provides and I am extremely satisfied with the complements associated with my business.
Cons: It's is very hard when it is busy. I run to serve customers and try to serve every one the same.

Key Stats for Food Service Worker

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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