The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Server is $7.27.
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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 Olive Garden Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. and Waffle House, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. where the average pay is $4.72. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Olive Garden Restaurants and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, earning around $4.35 and $4.10, respectively. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays the lowest at around $2.36. Waffle House, Inc. and Texas Roadhouse, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $3.10 and $3.83, 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. A mid-career Server with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.38 based on 1,005 salaries. An experienced Server with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $5.33 based on 755 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 San Diego, California earn an average of 42.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (7.8% more) and Chicago, Illinois (6.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (69.5% less), Atlanta, Georgia (57.9% less) and Houston, Texas (55.3% less).
Years of Experience
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