The average hourly pay for a Food Service Worker in Australia is AU$18.65.
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What Do Food Service Workers Do?
A food service worker may work as a waiter, waitress or bartender at a restaurant; they may or may not need a certificate or license. Some industries consider bussers and dishwashers to be food service workers. Food service workers can find employment in hospital, nursing home, or school, among many other institutions.
Serving food and drinks is usually the main responsibility for a food service worker. For example, a food service worker in a school cafeteria may serve food to a line of people…Read more
Food Service Worker Tasks
- Prepares food orders.
- Works as short order cook.
- Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
- Serves retail food items.
Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker
The top respondents for the job title Food Service Worker are from the companies Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, Subway Restaurant Inc and Regis Group. Reported salaries are highest at Regis Group where the average pay is AU$21.09. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Subway Restaurant Inc, earning around AU$16.10. McDonalds Australia pays the lowest at around AU$12.88. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$13.16.
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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Workers?
An entry-level Food Service Worker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$15.38 based on 88 salaries. An early career Food Service Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$18.38 based on 318 salaries. A mid-career Food Service Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$21.37 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Food Service Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$21.34 based on 35 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$22.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Food Service Worker in their job title in Perth, Western Australia earn an average of 12.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Melbourne, Victoria (5.3% more) and Brisbane, Queensland (3.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Gold Coast, Queensland (32.0% less), Townsville, Queensland (17.9% less) and Sydney, New South Wales (6.2% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 507 survey responses.