$19,670
Avg. Salary
$10.25
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$293

Bonus

$450

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Food Service Worker is $10.25 per hour.

The average pay for a Food Service Worker is $19,670 per year.

10%
$8.09
10%
$10.25
50%
$14.18
90%
90%
MEDIAN $10.25
10%
$9k
10%
$20k
50%
$34k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $19,670
$9,289 - $34,493
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$34K
MEDIAN: $19,670
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$8.09 - $14.18
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$0$34K
Salary $9,289 - $34,493
Bonus $25.08 - $1,014
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,500
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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$16,587 - $30,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 306
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $8.09 - $14.18
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.18
Overtime $7.29 - $22.07
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $25.08 - $1,014
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,500
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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$16,587 - $30,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,645

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Worker


Known for taking on a considerable number of Food Service Workers, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Subway Restaurant Inc, Compass Group, and Aramark Food Services are leading firms in the industry. Costco Wholesale Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $28K. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Compass Group, and Aramark Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Workers earning around $23K, $21K, or $21K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Taco Bell Corporation at $17K, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $18K, and Subway Restaurant Inc at $18K.

Food Service Worker Job Listings

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: $21,511

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

New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Food Service Workers. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 8 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Food Service Worker Reviews

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

Food Service Worker in Memphis:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Learning to prepare various foods both hot and cold.
Cons: The hourly pay rate.

Food Service Worker in West Long Branch:
"Job title job pay job description."
Pros: I am always busy. I manage a lot of money and am in charge of it.
Cons: I work extremely hard, and don't feel I am compensated for my efforts and my abilities.

Food Service Worker in New Bedford:
"Wish I knew there was a wage freeze."
For a job that has you on your toes all day paying extra attention to food and patients tray line all diets in correct order it doent pay too well.

Food Service Worker in Woodstock:
"Stuck."
Make sure that you can advance in the industry.

Food Service Worker in Des Moines:
"Not compensaded:"
Be open minded and willing to work and learn.

Food Service Worker in Los Angeles:
They need to give us more money.

Food Service Worker in Scotch Plains:
Pros: Fun, easy, casual, nice boss and coworkers.
Cons: Stressful, tedious, repetitive, vapid.

Key Stats for Food Service Worker

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 750 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Food Service Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 750 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 59%