Food Service Worker Salary

Pay for Food Service Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.03 per hour. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than a third and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. There are more female Food Service Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$10,062 - $35,440
$10K
$21K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,656
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$8.02 - $13.79
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MEDIAN: $10.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$10,062 - $35,440  
   
Bonus
$25.76 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$16,472 - $30,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $13.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.29  
Overtime
$7.28 - $21.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$25.76 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$16,472 - $30,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,877

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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

  • Prepares food orders.
  • Works as short order cook.
  • Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
  • Serves retail food items.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker


Food Service Workers fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Subway Restaurant Inc, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services. Costco Wholesale Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $28K. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Compass Group, and Aramark Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Workers earning around $23K, $21K, or $21K at each firm, respectively.

Taco Bell Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Subway Restaurant Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $17K, $18K, and $18K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

Pay by Experience for a Food Service Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 1,243 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Food Service Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 364 salaries. A Food Service Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,089

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Food Service Workers in search of higher pay head east. New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia all offer salaries above the national rate. Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Austin and 5 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Food Service Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Worker?

Food Service Worker in Greensboro:
"Food runner."
Pros: I love the environment that it provides and I am extremely satisfied with the complements associated with my business.
Cons: It's is very hard when it is busy. I run to serve customers and try to serve every one the same.

Key Stats for Food Service Worker

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 297 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$21,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 59%
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