Average Caterer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Caterer is $12.27.
MEDIAN $12.27
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
$0 - $1,300
Total Pay
$19,371 - $40,951

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Job Description for Caterer

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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Caterer

An entry-level Caterer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.79 based on 14 salaries. An early career Caterer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.93 based on 113 salaries. A mid-career Caterer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.71 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Caterer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.16 based on 37 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.

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Years of Experience

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