Food Service Worker Salary

A Food Service Worker earns an average wage of $9.96 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$9,644 - $34,374
$10K
$20K
$34K
MEDIAN: $19,651
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50%
90%

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$8.08 - $13.90
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10.17
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$0$34K
Salary $9,644 - $34,374
Bonus $25.60 - $992
Profit Sharing $275.00
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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$16,474 - $30,225
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.08 - $13.90
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.95
Overtime $7.56 - $21.48
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $25.60 - $992
Profit Sharing $275.00
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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$16,474 - $30,225
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,889

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Job Description for Food Service Worker

A food service worker may work as a waiter, waitress or bartender at a restaurant; they may or may not need a certificate or license. Some industries consider bussers and dishwashers to be food service workers. Food service workers can find employment in hospital, nursing home, or school, among many other institutions.

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Food Service Worker Tasks

  • Prepares food orders.
  • Works as short order cook.
  • Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
  • Serves retail food items.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Worker

Pay by Experience for a Food Service Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 1,243 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Food Service Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 364 salaries. A Food Service Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,362

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Food Service Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Worker?

Food Service Worker in Corona:
Pros: I love interacting with people and making sure every single person has a satisfying experience. The customers that I've grown a relationship with makes me go to my job as a content person.
Cons: I hate that some customers are extremely disrespectful but I always tend to make sure everyone is satisfied. Some of my co workers as well as my employer are very unprofessional that makes the workplace uncomfortable.

Food Service Worker in Appleton:
"Great job."
Pros:
Cons: The hateful people.

Food Service Worker in Bethesda:
"It has its ups and downs."
Pros: That I get to interact with a lot of people.
Cons: The hours suck, I have to constantly tells my coworkers to work and do stuff even tough I'm not a supervisor/manager no one seems to care really.

Food Service Worker in Junction:
"My Job."
Pros: My paycheck and the possiblity of moving up to management.
Cons: Coworkers tardiness or absence. Busyness. Customers.

Food Service Worker in Yuma:
"Kept in the dark."
Pros: Customers and multitasking , challenge of customer satisfaction.
Cons: New un experienced employees making more then me , no raise after years of working.

Food Service Worker in Greensboro:
"Food runner."
Pros: I love the environment that it provides and I am extremely satisfied with the complements associated with my business.
Cons: It's is very hard when it is busy. I run to serve customers and try to serve every one the same.

Food Service Worker in Houston:
"Job expedience."
Pros: I like that I can be my own person.
Cons: No one else is going to be able to respect that die to then trying to make me.

Key Stats for Food Service Worker

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 369 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$21,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 369 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 58%
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