Dishwasher Salary

For Dishwashers, hourly average wages total $9.31 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Dishwashers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. About one in five enjoy medical while roughly one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a tenth. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,290 - $29,691
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MEDIAN: $19,176
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$7.78 - $11.52
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$0$29K
Salary $14,290 - $29,691
Bonus $25.00 - $650
Profit Sharing $196.53
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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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$16,349 - $24,846
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$18
Hourly Rate $7.78 - $11.52
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.87
Overtime $5.45 - $18.15
Annual Data $0$24K
Bonus $25.00 - $650
Profit Sharing $196.53
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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$16,349 - $24,846
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,765

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Job Description for Dishwasher

Dishwashers work at restaurants, conference centers, pubs and institutional food-service settings. They wash, clean and dry dishes and other tools (such as cutlery) that are used in the kitchen and by customers. In some settings, dishwashers hold additional titles (such as dishwasher/utility), and many kitchen cleanup duties are generally assigned to everyone on the staff, including the dishwashers.

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Dishwasher Tasks

  • Load, run and unload dish machine and wash pots, pans and trays.
  • Segregate and remove trash and garbage and place it in designated containers.
  • Sweep and mop kitchen floors.
  • Keep the dish machine clean and report any functional and mechanical problems immediately.

Dishwasher Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dishwasher


Dishwashers fill the offices of leading firms Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, Olive Garden Restaurants, and Denny's. Whole Foods Market, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $23K on average. Also paying near the top of the field are Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc at $22K, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. at $21K, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where Dishwashers annually earn $20K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Ruby Tuesday, Inc., and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants. Those companies pay a median salary of $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dishwasher

Pay by Experience for a Dishwasher has a positive trend. An entry-level Dishwasher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 1,436 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dishwasher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 275 salaries. An experienced Dishwasher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 120 salaries. A Dishwasher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $19,857

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Dishwashers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Dishwashers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Dayton (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower).

Dishwasher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dishwasher?

Dishwasher in Alameda:
"Fast pase I have to keep up with the servers and cooks."
Pros: Being that im constantly moveing the time seems to fly by I dont mibd the work or doing overtime.
Cons: I need a consistant schedule they usualy need me on my days off which I dont mind as long as I know ahead of time , not day of a higher salary is much needed for the work I do. I work harder then everybody there.

Dishwasher in Boise:
Pros: The people I work along side with.
Cons: When the servers don't make it a priority to bring the dishes from the front of the house in a timely manner.

Dishwasher in Mount Airy:
"Good environment great management."
Pros: Everyone gets along, flexible hr.
Cons: Sometimes people don't show up.

Dishwasher in Siletz:
"I wash dishes, mop, sweep take out trash."
Pros: Free food.
Cons: People who work there.

Dishwasher in Dayton:
"A minimum wage full-time job that is ALWAYS in-demand."
Pros: I know that I am one of the best dish washers in the business because I have been told so by three previous employers; however, my current employer will not make any acknowledgement as to the quality of work they see coming from me. They appreciate my work but try to make no comments and have told others not to discuss the previous dishwasher with me. They want make-believe that the prior dishwasher was not very good to the job and most other dishwashers are like I am; however, I have been notified three times from three separate employers that I am exceptional. There is no possibility my current employer believes the message they send. This employer behaves as if exceptional employees are only average and behaves to average employees as if they are exceptional. The reason I say this is a good thing is because when you are the best at something you either get a lot of entertainment watching people try to get out of acknowledging it or you get rewarded. Both are rewards likewise, lol.
Cons: The servers load the bus tubs in a disorganized manor piling everything into it in any way it will go instead of stacking like items. The extra work they are causing is substantial considering that they spill sauces on the glasses that need to be hand-washed instead of placing the glasses together in a bus tub with just glasses. If a second server goes to the bus tub to add dishes and the tub has been improperly handled, the server may face difficulty getting everything to fit well since bus tubs hold more with stacked items. Instead, the servers spill sauces on most of the glasses and then the dishwasher must spray them off before sending them through the dish machine, wasting water. What makes it so bad is the manager complains to the dish washer to save water but doesn't care that the servers are causing the water bill to go higher by creating unnecessary work for the spray hose. The dish washer works all day except cigarette breaks doing scheduled tasks while servers make messes.

Dishwasher in Dayton:
"Dishwashing."
Pros: There are really no good points to make about this job.
Cons: Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.Everything.

Dishwasher in Newberg:
Pros: People I work with and the students I help and talk to.
Cons: The fact that I train new hires and they make more money than me.

Key Stats for Dishwasher

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Dishwasher Salaries

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲2%

Late-Career
▲2%

National Average
$20,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 77%
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