A Food Service Worker earns an average wage of $9.87 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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$9,987 - $33,649
(Median)
$10K
$20K
$34K
MEDIAN: $20,301
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90%

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$7.96 - $13.60
(Median)
$8
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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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).
)
$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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Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

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

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
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%


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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