Restaurant Server Salary

Average Restaurant Servers in the United States make around $7.66 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Restaurant Servers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while slightly more than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in six. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,203 - $48,865
$14K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,050
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$2.20 - $10.77
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$11
MEDIAN: $7.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,203 - $48,865  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$12,217 - $40,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$2.20 - $10.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66 - $16.69  
Overtime
$3.44 - $22.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$12,217 - $40,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 192

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Job Description for Restaurant Server

  • Maintain table appearance by pre-bussing, check drink levels and remove clutter.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.
  • Present check for payment and provides change as needed.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.

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Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Server

Pay by Experience for a Restaurant Server has a positive trend. An entry-level Restaurant Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 150 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Restaurant Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 60 salaries. An experienced Restaurant Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 46 salaries. A Restaurant Server with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 21 salaries.

Restaurant Server Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Restaurant Server?

Restaurant Server in Middletown Delaware 19709:
"I love it but sometimes it is hard to get by with only tips."
Pros: I love getting to talk to new people everyday!
Cons: Tiresome for such low hourly.

Restaurant Server in Erie:
"Usually Good money."
Pros: I enjoy working with customers and I enjoy the food business and hope to own my own restaurant.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the hourly pay could be a little higher. And as far as rules go sexual harassment needs to be in forced.

Key Stats for Restaurant Server

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Experienced
▲31%

Mid-Career
▲17%

Late-Career
▲17%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 65%
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