Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Food Service Workers is around $9.13 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Female Entry-Level Food Service Workers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Entry-Level Food Service Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-third enjoy medical while approximately one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a fifth. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$11,350 - $34,856
(Median)
$11K
$21K
$35K
MEDIAN: $21,478
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$7.64 - $12.11
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,350 - $34,856  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $304.10  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$15,791 - $26,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $12.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.64  
Overtime
$2.21 - $19.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $304.10  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$15,791 - $26,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,164
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Entry-Level Food Service Workers flock to Subway Restaurant Inc, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark Food Services, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although the highest salaries can be found at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. where median pay is $19K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $17K and $23K. Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., and Aramark Food Services are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Food Service Workers earning around $19K, $19K, or $18K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Subway Restaurant Inc ($17K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($17K), and Target Corporation ($18K).

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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