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Average Food Server Hourly Pay

$10.06
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$205
Bonus
$12,480
Commission
$4,550
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Food Server is $10.06.
10%
$5.14
MEDIAN
$10.06
90%
$13.90
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Hourly Rate
$5 - $14
Bonus
$26 - $3,878
Profit Sharing
$0 - $4,550
Commission
$0 - $12,480
Total Pay
$14,564 - $31,244
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What Do Food Servers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Food Server

3.7 out of 5
(75)
Highly Satisfied
5Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Food Server

The top respondents for the job title Food Server are from the companies Aramark, Sodexo, Inc. and Subway Restaurant Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Aramark where the average pay is $10.25. Subway Restaurant Inc pays the lowest at around $9.10.

Career Paths

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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Food Servers?

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 $9.80 based on 38 salaries. An early career Food Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.99 based on 191 salaries. A mid-career Food Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.24 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Food Server with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.96 based on 55 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $10.
Employees with Food Server in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 54.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (36.8% more) and Houston, Texas (11.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (19.0% less), Las Vegas, Nevada (16.1% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (10.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 357 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.6%
Early Career
53.5%
Mid Career
12.3%
Experienced
15.4%
Late Career
8.1%