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Restaurant Server Salary

The average Restaurant Server in the United States earns approximately $7.57 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $2.16 per hour, and the top verges on $10.02. Most Restaurant Servers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Female Restaurant Servers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and approximately one in five earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$2.16 - $10.02
(Median)
$2
$7
$10
MEDIAN: $7.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$2.16 - $10.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $21.67  
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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$10,579 - $51,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $18K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. Restaurant Servers bring in $20K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $23K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 64%
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