Restaurant Server Salary

The average Restaurant Server in the United States earns approximately $7.60 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $2.17 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $10.08. Most Restaurant Servers survey respondents are women (72 percent). Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$2.17 - $10.08
(Median)
$2
$7
$10
MEDIAN: $7.00
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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
$2.17 - $10.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $20.61  
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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$10,399 - $49,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $18K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. On average, Restaurant Servers make $20K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $21K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 41%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 64%
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