Food Service Worker Salary

An average Food Service Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.64 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.79 per hour on the lower side but can approach $13.73 on the higher side. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — the larger part — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by nearly two in five and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11,238 - $35,794
(Median)
$11K
$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $21,380
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$7.79 - $13.73
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,238 - $35,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $387.83  
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$16,091 - $29,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.79 - $13.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.92  
Overtime
$0.99 - $22.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $387.83  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$16,091 - $29,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,792
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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


Dominating the field, Sodexo, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, Compass Group, Aramark Food Services, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Food Service Workers. Costco Wholesale Company offers the largest salaries in town — $25K on average. Food Service Workers will also find cushy salaries at Trinity Services Group (+$24K), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (+$23K), and Aramark Corporation (+$22K).

McDonald's Corporation, Taco Bell Corporation, and Subway Restaurant Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $16K, $17K, and $17K.

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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $19K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. For Food Service Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $23K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $24K.

Food Service Worker Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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