Restaurant Servers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $7.57 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Restaurant Servers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Just under one in three receive medical and dental insurance and just under a fifth get vision plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,203 - $46,811
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$47K
MEDIAN: $24,870
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$2.19 - $10.33
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,203 - $46,811  
   
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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$11,334 - $39,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$2.19 - $10.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60 - $19.65  
Overtime
$12.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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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$11,334 - $39,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $18K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $23K. Restaurant Servers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $27K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Restaurant Server Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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