Food Service Worker Salary

Food Service Workers in the United States can expect wages of $9.56 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $7.74 per hour on the lower end to $13.81 on the higher end. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by roughly a third. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$8,324 - $37,299
(Median)
$8K
$19K
$37K
MEDIAN: $19,443
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$7.74 - $13.81
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$8,324 - $37,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$15,897 - $29,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.74 - $13.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.32  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$15,897 - $29,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,451
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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., Subway Restaurant Inc, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Target Corporation are top-notch employers for Food Service Workers in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Whole Foods Market, Inc. — the median salary there is $23K. Aramark, Sodexo, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, 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, Target Corporation, and Aramark Food Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($17K, $18K, and $18K respectively).

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

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


For many Food Service Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $21K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $19K. On average, Food Service Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

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: 55%
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