Server Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Server is $4.87 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Server Total Pay (?
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$7,298 - $48,788
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $23,815
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Server Total Pay (?
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$2.15 - $9.71
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MEDIAN: $4.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$7,298 - $48,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.93  
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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$8,383 - $38,936  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$2.15 - $9.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.91 - $18.13  
Overtime
$0.24 - $16.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.93  
   
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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$8,383 - $38,936  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
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Job Description for Server

A server works in a restaurant or bar, acting as the go-between from the guests at a table and the kitchen or bartender. He or she takes orders, delivers food and beverages, and helps ensure quality standards. In many establishments, the server also furnishes a bill and facilitates payment for the guests.
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Server Tasks
  • 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 Server

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
up arrow 63%
New York
up arrow 43%
Las Vegas
up arrow 41%
Orlando
up arrow 40%
Los Angeles
up arrow 40%
Chicago
up arrow 38%
Houston
up arrow 30%
Charlotte
up arrow 24%
Denver
up arrow 22%
Dallas
up arrow 12%
San Diego
up arrow 11%
Miami
up arrow 9%
National Average
$20,000
St. Louis
up arrow 1%
San Antonio
up arrow 4%
Austin
up arrow 15%
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Server Reviews

What is it like working as a Server?
Server in Lee's Summit:
"Amazing."
Pros: I not only get to serve the residents up their food but I also make their day and make them as happy as possible.
Cons: I dislike the way some of my coworkers don't respect that its the residents home and we are there to help them not just get paid.
Server in Flourtown:
"A Work Environment That Can Be Very Stressful With Low Pay."
Cons: Other department's work is frequently shirked onto my department. We are one of the hardest working part-time departments, and also the lowest payed.

Experience Affects Server Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 270 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 78%
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