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Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Food Service Workers take home approximately $8.91 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around one in three and dental coverage is claimed by one-fourth. Female Entry-Level Food Service Workers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$8,028 - $35,080
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MEDIAN: $20,568
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Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary (?
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$7.47 - $12.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$8,028 - $35,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $407.46  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$15,455 - $27,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.47 - $12.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.99  
Overtime
$1.48 - $20.67  
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $407.46  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$15,455 - $27,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 822
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Food Service Worker

Although Sodexo, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $19K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $16K or as much as $31K.
Entry-Level Food Service Workers will find the worst pay at Subway Restaurant Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $21K, leaving little room for growth.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 17%
New York
up arrow 15%
San Diego
up arrow 7%
St. Louis
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Houston
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San Antonio
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National Average
$19,000
Orlando
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Phoenix
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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Food Service Workers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Food Service Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), St. Louis (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 62%