Food Service Workers in the United States can expect wages of $9.87 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. More than half of Food Service Workers (67 percent) survey participants are women. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over a third report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Food Service Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$9,987 - $33,649
(Median)
$10K
$20K
$34K
MEDIAN: $20,301
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$7.96 - $13.60
(Median)
$8
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$9,987 - $33,649  
   
Bonus
$25.53 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$16,373 - $29,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $13.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.97  
Overtime
$6.85 - $21.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$25.53 - $993  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$16,373 - $29,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,685
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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


Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Compass Group, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Aramark Food Services are among the top companies that take on many Food Service Workers. Those at Costco Wholesale Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $27K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Compass Group, top-paying firms where Food Service Workers rake in a solid $24K, $23K, or $21K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Taco Bell Corporation, and Subway Restaurant Inc. Those companies pay a median salary of $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

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


Food Service Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $20K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $21K. For Food Service Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $23K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $25K.

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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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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