Food Service Worker Salary

Food Service Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.55 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.74 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.78. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and one-third have dental, as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$8,341 - $37,270
(Median)
$8K
$20K
$37K
MEDIAN: $19,673
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$7.74 - $13.78
(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
$8,341 - $37,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $397.99  
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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$15,895 - $30,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.74 - $13.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.33  
Overtime
$0.38 - $22.15  
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 - $397.99  
   
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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$15,895 - $30,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,447
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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


Sodexo, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Target Corporation are top-notch employers for Food Service Workers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Whole Foods Market, Inc. offers the most; Food Service Workers earn $23K on average there. Other big spenders include Aramark, Sodexo, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, top-paying firms where Food Service Workers see paychecks nearing $20K, $20K, or $19K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Subway Restaurant Inc at $17K, Target Corporation at $18K, and Aramark Food Services, where $18K is the norm.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $19K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $21K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $24K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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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