Restaurant Server Salary (United States)

Restaurant Servers get a nice boost in their paychecks from tips, which can typically amount to 55 percent of their total hourly pay of $17.33. Hourly base pay begins at $2.17 per hour on the low end and climbs to $10.12 near the top. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and 17 percent earn dental coverage. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Restaurant Server Salary (?
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$2.17 - $10.12
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.17 - $10.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $19.91  
Overtime
$1.53 - $19.57  
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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$12,262 - $49,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 38%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
National Average
$20,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 67%