Restaurant Server Salary

The average Restaurant Server in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $7.71 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Restaurant Servers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Restaurant Servers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Just under a third enjoy medical while nearly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a fifth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$14,838 - $49,176
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$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,388
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$2.19 - $10.67
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MEDIAN: $7.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,838 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$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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$12,402 - $40,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$2.19 - $10.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.62 - $19.01  
Overtime
$12.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$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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$12,402 - $40,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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Job Description for Restaurant Server

  • Maintain table appearance by pre-bussing, check drink levels and remove clutter.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.
  • Present check for payment and provides change as needed.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.

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Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Server

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $19K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. Restaurant Servers see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $27K on average.

Restaurant Server Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Restaurant Server?

Restaurant Server in Middletown Delaware 19709:
"I love it but sometimes it is hard to get by with only tips."
Pros: I love getting to talk to new people everyday!
Cons: Tiresome for such low hourly.

Restaurant Server in Erie:
"Usually Good money."
Pros: I enjoy working with customers and I enjoy the food business and hope to own my own restaurant.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the hourly pay could be a little higher. And as far as rules go sexual harassment needs to be in forced.

Key Stats for Restaurant Server

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Experienced
▲36%

Late-Career
▲27%

Mid-Career
▲17%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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