$24,114
Avg. Salary
$6.51
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$411

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$17,265

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Server is $6.51 per hour.

The average pay for a Server is $24,114 per year.

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$2.16
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$11.65
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$10k
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$49k
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MEDIAN $24,114
$9,710 - $49,088
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$0$49K
Salary $9,710 - $49,088
Bonus $26.06 - $10,006
Profit Sharing $5.19 - $21,287
Commission $996 - $30,357
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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$9,078 - $41,570
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 843
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $2.16 - $11.65
Hourly Tips $1.51 - $19.11
Overtime $4.06 - $19.29
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $26.06 - $10,006
Commission $996 - $30,357
Profit Sharing $5.19 - $21,287
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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$9,078 - $41,570
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,793

Job Description

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.


Servers flock to Olive Garden Restaurants, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $23K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $46K. Chili's Grill & Bar, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Servers earning around $29K, $26K, or $25K at each firm, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $14K, Pizza Hut, Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Waffle House, Inc. at $16K, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store where $17K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Servers there earn up to $31K.

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Pay by Experience Level

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: $21,617

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

With a pay rate for Servers that is 116 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Servers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+65 percent), Los Angeles (+62 percent), New York (+50 percent), and San Diego (+47 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Tampa and Atlanta (12 percent lower).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Server?

Server in Birmingham:
"Not what you would expect."
Pros: The flexibility of my schedule, multitasking, being on my feet, meeting new people, building and maintaining relationships, training new employees, and team leading.
Cons: No guaranteed pay, period. Most of the time your entire hourly wage over a two week period goes straight to taxes. Since this is a tip based industry, it is assumed that a tip is a reflection of service. Some people aren't aware of the fact that we ONLY make tips very poorly or not at all. Some are aware and could care less, yet expect you to run circles around them throughout their entire visit. Also, when large groups of people (8 or more) come in, we can no longer add automatic gratuity to the check. Sometimes a group of 30 people will come in and take up your entire section for 2-3 hours without leaving you a dime. It's just part of the job. You win some and you lose some.

Server in Las Vegas:
"Fine Dining Restaurant Server."
Pros: Working in a restaurant where the average bill is $30-$50 is wonderful because guests usually tip very well on top of it. Very fast paced environment so time goes by pretty quick. Schedule is very flexible so it is great for students and other busy people.
Cons: Dealing with guests can be a pain in the butt. They often are unsatisfied with even the best of service and sometimes will enter the restaurant already wanting free food. If you have an early class serving might not be for you. Getting home really late and waking up early and sitting in a lecture can be overwhelming. The biggest downside I have with serving is relying on guests to pay my bills. I might walk out of the restaurant with $200 or I could walk with just $10. You never really know.

Server in Lubbock:
"Its A College Job."
Pros: Flexible for me to study. Makes good money during college football season.
Cons: Nothing.

Server in Las Vegas:
"Primm valley golf club."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: You must multi task throughout your whole shift.

Server in Lee's Summit:
"Amazing."
Pros: I not only get to serve the residents up their food but I also make their day and make them as happy as possible.
Cons: I dislike the way some of my coworkers don't respect that its the residents home and we are there to help them not just get paid.

Server in Flourtown:
"A Work Environment That Can Be Very Stressful With Low Pay."
Pros:
Cons: Other department's work is frequently shirked onto my department. We are one of the hardest working part-time departments, and also the lowest payed.

Server in Northlake:
Pros: Treated really well there and good schedule.
Cons: Too much walking and a lot of drama.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1033 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲30%

▲19%

Late-Career
▲7%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1033 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 80%