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Average Server Hourly Pay

$7.29
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$297
Bonus
$17,799
Commission
$3,140
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Server is $7.29.
10%
$2.17
MEDIAN
$7.29
90%
$12.63
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $13
Bonus
$20 - $15,741
Profit Sharing
$20 - $32,720
Commission
$613 - $30,639
Total Pay
$6,163 - $40,141
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What Do Servers Do?

Server Tasks
  • 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.

Job Satisfaction for Server

3.6 out of 5
(962)
Highly Satisfied
87Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Server are from the companies Waffle House, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants and Denny's. Reported salaries are highest at Chili's Grill & Bar where the average pay is $7.76. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Denny's and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., earning around $4.98 and $4.76, respectively. Crackerbarrel pays the lowest at around $2.58. IHOP and Waffle House, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $2.87 and $3.15, respectively.

Career Paths

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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Servers?

An entry-level Server with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $7.22 based on 501 salaries. An early career Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.39 based on 2,593 salaries. A mid-career Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.35 based on 850 salaries. An experienced Server with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.00 based on 628 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $5.
Employees with Server in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 68.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (67.8% more) and New York, New York (35.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (57.5% less) and Houston, Texas (45.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,887 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.3%
Early Career
53.1%
Mid Career
17.4%
Experienced
12.9%
Late Career
6.4%