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Restaurant Server Salary (United States)

Restaurant Servers rely heavily on tips to get by, with gratuities accounting for slightly more than half of their $17.33 total hourly pay. Hourly earnings reach $2.17 per hour on the low end and $10.12 on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and one in six earn dental coverage. Though the majority of Restaurant Servers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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
up arrow 10%

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%