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Food Service Worker Salary (United States)

Food Service Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.42 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.58 per hour and $13.74. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Although a little more than half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one in three get dental coverage, too. In a profession dominated by women, 68 percent of Food Service Workers are female. Most Food Service Workers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$8,274 - $39,236
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MEDIAN: $20,089
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Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$7.58 - $13.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$8,274 - $39,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.75  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,179  
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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$15,642 - $30,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $13.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.27  
Overtime
$0.91 - $22.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.75  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,179  
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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$15,642 - $30,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,249
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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.

Food Service Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker

Known for taking on a considerable number of Food Service Workers, Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark Food Services, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are leading firms in the industry. Whole Foods Market, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $22K.
The lowest salaries can be found at Subway Restaurant Inc — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $20K. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Aramark Food Services also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $19K and $19K.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. On average, Food Service Workers make $24K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $24K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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New York
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Philadelphia
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Dallas
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Seattle
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Chicago
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San Diego
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Austin
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National Average
$20,000
St. Louis
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Houston
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San Antonio
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Atlanta
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Phoenix
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Orlando
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For Food Service Workers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Food Service Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+27 percent), New York (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 55%