Food Service Worker Salary

Food Service Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.58 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.76 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.90. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and roughly one in three receive dental plans. Though the majority of Food Service Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$10,547 - $37,605

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$7.76 - $13.90

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$10,547 - $37,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $395.24  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$16,072 - $30,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $13.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.34  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $395.24  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$16,072 - $30,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,478
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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


Food Service Workers fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Target Corporation. Food Service Workers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Whole Foods Market, Inc., where the average salary comes to $23K. Food Service Workers will also find cushy salaries at Sodexo, Inc. (+$20K), Aramark (+$20K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$19K).

Subway Restaurant Inc, Target Corporation, and Aramark Food Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $19K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
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: 55%
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