Server Salary

The average pay for a Server is $5.30 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.
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$9,334 - $47,743
$9K
$24K
$48K
MEDIAN: $23,730
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50%
90%

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$2.15 - $10.88
$2
$5
$11
MEDIAN: $5.60
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$0$47K
Salary $9,334 - $47,743
Bonus $24.83 - $1,030
Profit Sharing $116.00
Commission $1,000
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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$10,389 - $41,895
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 467
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $2.15 - $10.88
Hourly Tips $1.28 - $18.61
Overtime $4.01 - $20.40
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $24.83 - $1,030
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $116.00
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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$10,389 - $41,895
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,719

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Job Description for Server

A server works in a restaurant or bar, acting as the go-between from the guests at a table and the kitchen or bartender. He or she takes orders, delivers food and beverages, and helps ensure quality standards. In many establishments, the server also furnishes a bill and facilitates payment for the guests.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Server

Pay by Experience for a Server has a positive trend. An entry-level Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 2,120 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 690 salaries. An experienced Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 480 salaries. A Server with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 149 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,160

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

Server Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Server?

Server in New York:
"Boring."
Pros: The good in this job is the little off time I get.
Cons:

Server in Edmond:
Pros: Everything about this job is really awesome.
Cons: Nothing about this job sucks at all.

Server in Monroe:
"How to be successful."
Pros: The customers are fantastic! When you have customers come back week after week to see you it gives you satisfaction.
Cons: Working in this business you can feel very under appreciated by management.

Server in Hammond:
Pros: I like my coworkers for the most part.
Cons: You encountered rude people often.

Server in Jupiter:
"Terrible."
Pros: Free food. Good coworkers. Mostly get the times I want to work.
Cons: The complaining from the residents, the terrible supervisor quality, the poor pay.

Server in Detroit:
"It can be stressful but very rewarding."
Pros: Meeting new people and being able to make their dining experience fun.
Cons: Taxes taking my checks. Spotty payment (good vs. Bad day) in other words slow days I make less money or get sent home early.

Server in Fargo:
"Hmm."
Pros: That every time I work is a different experience.
Cons: The inevitability of having to deal with unhappy people.

Key Stats for Server

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 560 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Server Salaries

▲27%

▲16%

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$22,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 560 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 80%
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