Food Service Worker Salary

An average Food Service Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.51 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.69 per hour on the lower end to $13.65 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Some workers in this field — slightly more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by close to a third. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$8,662 - $39,113
(Median)
$9K
$20K
$39K
MEDIAN: $19,991
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$7.69 - $13.65
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$8,662 - $39,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $390.13  
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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$15,813 - $29,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $13.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.29  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $390.13  
   
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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$15,813 - $29,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,342

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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


Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark Food Services, Target Corporation, and Compass Group are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Food Service Workers. Food Service Workers flock to Whole Foods Market, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $22K lead the pack in compensation. Aramark, Sodexo, Inc., and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Workers earning around $20K, $20K, or $19K at each firm, respectively.

Subway Restaurant Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $21K. Target Corporation, Compass Group and Aramark Food Services are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $18K, $18K, and $19K.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $19K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $21K. Food Service Workers bring in $23K after working for 10 to 20 years. Food Service Workers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
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%