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Restaurant Server Salary (United States)

Restaurant Servers get a nice boost in their paychecks from tips, which amount to more than half of their total hourly pay of $15.83 on average. The hourly wage generally stretches from $2.16 per hour to $10.07. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by close to a third and dental coverage is claimed by close to a fifth. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Women make up the majority of Restaurant Servers (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Restaurant Server Salary (?
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$2.16 - $10.07
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.16 - $10.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $20.01  
Overtime
$1.80 - $19.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$11,754 - $50,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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 $28K. Restaurant Servers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $23K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $26K on average.
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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 41%
Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$20,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 64%