Food Service Worker Salary

A Food Service Worker earns an average wage of $9.96 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$9,984 - $35,590
$10K
$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $21,163
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$8.00 - $13.73
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MEDIAN: $9.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$9,984 - $35,590  
   
Bonus
$25.53 - $993  
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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$16,442 - $30,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $13.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.21  
Overtime
$7.30 - $21.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$25.53 - $993  
   
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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$16,442 - $30,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,769

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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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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: $20,971

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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
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 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%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$21,000

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

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%