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Restaurant Server Salary

The average Restaurant Server in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $7.61 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $2.16 per hour, and the top verges on $10.05. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-eighth. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Restaurant Servers make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$2.16 - $10.05
(Median)
$2
$7
$10
MEDIAN: $7.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.16 - $10.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21 - $22.62  
Overtime
$1.80 - $19.39  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$10,751 - $50,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $18K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $26K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 65%
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