Restaurant Server Salary

An average Restaurant Server in the United States can expect to take home roughly $7.54 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $2.17 per hour and $10.06. Female Restaurant Servers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. One-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$2.17 - $10.06
(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 - $10.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $20.48  
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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$10,456 - $48,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $18K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $20K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $21K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 45%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 62%
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