Restaurant Server Salary

An average Restaurant Server in the United States can expect to take home roughly $7.20 per hour. Compensation ranges between $2.17 per hour and $10.08. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over one in five collect dental insurance. There are more female Restaurant Servers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$9,664 - $49,665
(Median)
$10K
$26K
$50K
MEDIAN: $26,020
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$2.17 - $10.08
(Median)
$2
$7
$10
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$9,664 - $49,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00  
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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$10,459 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$2.17 - $10.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $18.81  
Overtime
$3.05 - $18.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00  
   
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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$10,459 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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Job Description for Restaurant Server

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Server

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $18K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. Restaurant Servers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $24K.

Restaurant Server Reviews

What is it like working as a Restaurant Server?

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.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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