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Food Service Worker Salary

Median pay for Food Service Workers in the United States is around $9.52 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.71 per hour on the low end to $13.70 on the high end. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and nearly one in three have dental coverage, slightly more than half claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Food Service Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$8,514 - $38,170
(Median)
$9K
$20K
$38K
MEDIAN: $19,827
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$7.71 - $13.70
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$8,514 - $38,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.05  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,148  
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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$15,833 - $29,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $13.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.23  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.05  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,148  
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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$15,833 - $29,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,366

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker


Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Target Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Food Service Workers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Whole Foods Market, Inc. — the median salary there is $22K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Aramark, Sodexo, Inc., and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., top-paying firms where Food Service Workers rake in a decent $20K, $20K, or $19K, respectively.

Subway Restaurant Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $21K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Target Corporation at $18K, Compass Group at $18K, and Aramark Food Services, where $19K is the norm.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

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


For Food Service Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $19K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $21K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

 
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 54%
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