The average hourly pay for an Experienced Server is $5.46.
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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. For most restaurants at the high end of casual service and above, servers are expected to act in a dual role as salespersons and customer service agents. They are expected to have extensive pr…Read more
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Server
The top respondents for the job title Server are from the companies Crackerbarrel, Denny's and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar. Reported salaries are highest at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. where the average pay is $6.50. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Waffle House, Inc., earning around $3.92 and $3.48, respectively. Chili's Grill & Bar pays the lowest at around $2.18. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar and Denny's also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $2.23 and $2.24, respectively.
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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 $7.11 based on 542 salaries. An early career Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.27 based on 2,978 salaries. A mid-career Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.38 based on 1,005 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $5.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Server in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 248.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (168.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (119.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (60.1% less), Houston, Texas (57.1% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (35.2% less).
Years of Experience
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