Restaurant Server Salary

Pay for Restaurant Servers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $7.46 per hour. Pay ranges from $2.17 per hour on the low end to $10.02 on the high end. Roughly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Restaurant Servers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Restaurant Servers making up 70 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$2.17 - $10.02

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$2.17 - $10.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $20.37  
Overtime
$1.80 - $19.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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$10,459 - $46,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $18K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $26K. Restaurant Servers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $20K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $21K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 44%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$18,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 62%
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