Average Food Server Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Food Server is $9.32.
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Hourly Rate
$5 - $13
$0 - $24,468
Profit Sharing
$0 - $4,550
Total Pay
$14,673 - $30,922

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Job Description for Food Server

Food Server Tasks
  • Greet guests in a friendly and courteous manner and explain any specials and restaurant promotions for guest awareness.
  • Operate procedures to pre-check order and close out the check.
  • When complete, retrieve order the from kitchen, confirm its accuracy, and deliver to guest.
  • Input the order to the kitchen.
  • Record the details of the order from the guests.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Server

An entry-level Food Server with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.40 based on 44 salaries. An early career Food Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.42 based on 221 salaries. A mid-career Food Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.16 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Food Server with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.28 based on 56 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $9.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Food Server in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 58.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (15.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (40.2% less) and Las Vegas, Nevada (9.4% less).

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