Average Server Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Server is $6.92.
MEDIAN $6.92
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $12
$24 - $9,845
Profit Sharing
$20 - $21,447
$608 - $30,701
Total Pay
$8,207 - $40,892

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Job Description for Server

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

3.5 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Server are from the companies Denny's, Olive Garden Restaurants and Waffle House, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Denny's where the average pay is $4.88. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. and Olive Garden Restaurants, earning around $4.71 and $4.11, respectively. IHOP pays the lowest at around $2.67. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Waffle House, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $2.95 and $3.06, respectively.

Career Paths

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Restaurant Manager
Administrative Assistant
General Manager, Restaurant
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Server

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 $7.04 based on 535 salaries. An early career Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.17 based on 2,966 salaries. A mid-career Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.06 based on 1,004 salaries. An experienced Server with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $5.28 based on 761 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 61.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (57.4% more) and Las Vegas, Nevada (20.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (60.1% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (54.6% less).

Years of Experience

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