Average Entry-Level Server Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Server is $7.07.
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $11
$19 - $1,033
Profit Sharing
$51 - $7,370
$102 - $20,800
Total Pay
$6,704 - $30,016

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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.
The top respondents for the job title Server are from the companies Pizza Hut, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants and Crackerbarrel. Reported salaries are highest at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants where the average pay is $4.91. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Denny's and Olive Garden Restaurants, earning around $4.85 and $4.81, respectively. IHOP pays the lowest at around $2.32. Crackerbarrel and Pizza Hut, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $2.82 and $4.23, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Server

An early career Server with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $7.23 based on 2,967 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 $5.33 based on 755 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 San Diego, California earn an average of 46.3% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (46.4% less), St. Louis, Missouri (45.0% less) and Jacksonville, Florida (20.1% less).

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