The average hourly pay for a Food Server is $9.32.
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Job Description for Food Server
Food servers are tasked with taking orders accurately, answering guest questions about the menu or restaurant in general, and then delivering that food in a timely manner. A food server is also expected to perform quality control work by checking back with guests. The server also presents the check at the end of service and may process the payment. In restaurants without bus persons, the server also cleans and resets his or her table after guests depart. A good server must be fluent and knowled…Read more
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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