Restaurant Server Salary

Restaurant Servers in the United States take home an average $7.53 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $2.15 per hour and $10.14. Female Restaurant Servers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while approximately one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in eight. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$2.15 - $10.14
(Median)
$2
$7
$10
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.15 - $10.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $22.84  
Overtime
$1.71 - $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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$10,660 - $51,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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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 beginner in this position makes around $17K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Restaurant Servers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $26K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 69%