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Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary

The average Entry-Level Food Service Worker earns approximately $8.95 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Entry-Level Food Service Workers (63 percent) who took the survey are female. A majority of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over a third report medical coverage and nearly one in four claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$7,756 - $35,375
(Median)
$8K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,287
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$7.54 - $12.34
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$7,756 - $35,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $387.83  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $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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$15,557 - $27,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.54 - $12.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.61  
Overtime
$1.04 - $19.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $387.83  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $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).
)
$15,557 - $27,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 872

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Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Target Corporation, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and Compass Group are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sodexo, Inc. — the median salary there is $19K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $16K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $31K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $21K — but Subway Restaurant Inc offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $16K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 61%
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