Entry-Level Food Service Worker Salary

Entry-Level Food Service Workers take home an average $9.65 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just under one in three report medical coverage and just over one in five claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. There are more female Entry-Level Food Service Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 61 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$9,989 - $34,276
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$22K
$34K
MEDIAN: $21,649
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$7.88 - $12.64
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MEDIAN: $9.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$9,989 - $34,276  
   
Bonus
$50.17 - $773  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$16,234 - $27,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $12.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.74  
Overtime
$5.15 - $19.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$50.17 - $773  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$16,234 - $27,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,168

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Food Service Workers include Sodexo, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, Aramark, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services. Pay for Entry-Level Food Service Workers is best at Compass Group, which offers a median salary of $21K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $16K to $24K. Also paying near the top of the field are Aramark Corporation at $20K, Morrison Healthcare at $20K, and Aramark Food Services, where Entry-Level Food Service Workers annually earn $20K.

Taco Bell Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Subway Restaurant Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Key Stats for Food Service Worker

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
12%
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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