Restaurant Server Salary

Restaurant Servers in the United States pull down an average of $8.14 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Restaurant Servers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. One-fourth claim medical and dental insurance and about a sixth get vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,497 - $49,005
$14K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,178
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50%
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$2.19 - $11.78
$2
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.22
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$0$49K
Salary $14,497 - $49,005
Bonus $400.00
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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$12,722 - $44,133
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40
Hourly Data $0$17
Hourly Rate $2.19 - $11.78
Hourly Tips $1.10 - $17.01
Overtime $8.50
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $400.00
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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$12,722 - $44,133
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 165

Job Description for Restaurant Server

  • Maintain table appearance by pre-bussing, check drink levels and remove clutter.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.
  • Present check for payment and provides change as needed.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.

Restaurant Server Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Server

Pay by Experience for a Restaurant Server has a positive trend. An entry-level Restaurant Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 150 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Restaurant Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 60 salaries. An experienced Restaurant Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 46 salaries. A Restaurant Server 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 21 salaries.

Restaurant Server Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Restaurant Server?

Restaurant Server in Middletown Delaware 19709:
"I love it but sometimes it is hard to get by with only tips."
Pros: I love getting to talk to new people everyday!
Cons: Tiresome for such low hourly.

Restaurant Server in Los Angeles:
Pros:
Cons: People are rude a lot of the times and I have to stand and walk for hours.

Restaurant Server in Erie:
"Usually Good money."
Pros: I enjoy working with customers and I enjoy the food business and hope to own my own restaurant.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the hourly pay could be a little higher. And as far as rules go sexual harassment needs to be in forced.

Key Stats for Restaurant Server

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Restaurant Server Salaries

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲7%

Late-Career
▲7%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 74%