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Food Service Worker Salary

The average Food Service Worker in the United States earns approximately $9.53 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.72 per hour on the lower side but can approach $13.69 on the higher side. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and roughly a third have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$8,495 - $37,331
(Median)
$9K
$19K
$37K
MEDIAN: $19,443
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$7.72 - $13.69
(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
$8,495 - $37,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $395.24  
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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$15,830 - $29,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.72 - $13.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$0.37 - $22.18  
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 - $395.24  
   
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).
)
$15,830 - $29,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,390
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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Food Service Workers. Whole Foods Market, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $22K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., where earnings of $20K, $20K, or $19K are standard for Food Service Workers.

Employees at Subway Restaurant Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $17K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $15K and quickly nearing the top at only $21K. Target Corporation, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $18K.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $19K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $21K. Food Service Workers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Food Service Workers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $24K.

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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 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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