$12.14
Avg. Hourly Rate
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For Caterers, hourly average wages total $12.04 per hour. More than half of Caterers (61 percent) survey participants are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to just under one-fifth, and nearly one in eight earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$21,488 - $55,400
$21K
$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $33,894
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50%
90%

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$8.90 - $18.17
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$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.14
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$0$55K
Salary $21,488 - $55,400
Bonus $1,800
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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$19,438 - $41,027
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 24
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $8.90 - $18.17
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.09
Overtime $11.33 - $26.99
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $1,800
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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$19,438 - $41,027
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 188

Job Description for Caterer

The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.

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Caterer Tasks

  • Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
  • Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
  • Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
  • Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.

Caterer Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Caterer

Pay by Experience for a Caterer has a positive trend. An entry-level Caterer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 77 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caterer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Caterer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 21 salaries. A Caterer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 10 salaries.

Caterer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Caterer?

Caterer in Boston:
Pros: Always changing and never gets stale.
Cons: Extremely long days (17-20+hours) and low pay.

Key Stats for Caterer

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Caterer Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 76%