Average Mid-Career Server Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Server is $6.38.
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $13
$49 - $24,548
Profit Sharing
$700 - $15,000
$204 - $53,829
Total Pay
$9,277 - $45,521

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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 Denny's, IHOP and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants. Reported salaries are highest at Denny's where the average pay is $8.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, earning around $5.92 and $5.06, respectively. Outback Steakhouse, Inc. pays the lowest at around $2.83. Waffle House, Inc. and IHOP also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $3.25 and $3.79, 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 $7.23 based on 2,967 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 Seattle, Washington earn an average of 130.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (83.5% more) and Las Vegas, Nevada (29.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (65.4% less), Dallas, Texas (64.7% less) and Miami, Florida (8.2% less).

Years of Experience

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