The estimated total pay for a Server is $56,864 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $38,019 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $18,844 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.
How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $43K-$78K/yr?
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For a Server in United States
Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Server in United States. Employers include Google, BlackRock and Icon Ventures.
For Server in United States
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|Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Server salaries - 2,182 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Texas Roadhouse Server salaries - 1,324 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Applebee's Server salaries - 1,246 salaries reported||$26/hr|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Server salaries - 1,084 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|The Cheesecake Factory Server salaries - 1,023 salaries reported||$26/hr|
|Red Lobster Server salaries - 993 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Chili's Grill and Bar Server salaries - 923 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Cracker Barrel Server salaries - 891 salaries reported||$24/hr|
|Outback Steakhouse Server salaries - 838 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|McDonald's Server salaries - 809 salaries reported||$24/hr|
|Red Robin Server salaries - 759 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|IHOP Server salaries - 608 salaries reported||$24/hr|
|LongHorn Steakhouse Server salaries - 524 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Waffle House Server salaries - 518 salaries reported||$23/hr|
|BJ's Restaurants Server salaries - 444 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|P.F. Chang's Server salaries - 427 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Darden Server salaries - 425 salaries reported||$25/hr|
|Denny's Server salaries - 366 salaries reported||$26/hr|
|Carrabba's Italian Grill Server salaries - 349 salaries reported||$26/hr|
|California Pizza Kitchen Server salaries - 339 salaries reported||$26/hr|
For a Server in United States
The top 5 paying industries for a Server in United States are Financial Services with a median total pay of $58,267, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $57,966, Restaurants & Food Service with a median total pay of $53,039, Transportation & Logistics with a median total pay of $52,928, and Information Technology with a median total pay of $52,691.
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What is the pay outlook for Retail & Food Services?
Job openings are high in retail and food services as more Americans spend money at stores and restaurants. While retail and food services wages are lower than the national average, wage growth is higher. Jobs in retail and food services generally require little formal education or training, making these jobs accessible to most job seekers.
The average salary for a Server is $56,864 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 72294 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Server employees in United States.
The highest salary for a Server in United States is $77,588 per year.
The lowest salary for a Server in United States is $42,648 per year.
If you are thinking of becoming a Server or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Server.
Employment as a server offers income and flexibility to candidates without any formal education requirements. While median hourly pay is in line with, or below, minimum wage, successful servers can earn large tips. Servers can increase their pay by moving to luxury establishments, where tips are generally higher. Servers with at least a high school diploma can further increase their salaries by progressing into restaurant manager roles. Additionally, servers often receive non-monetary perks such as free meals from their restaurants.
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An estimated 62% of servers feel good about their pay, according to Glassdoor's anonymous employee ratings. Job flexibility, the potential to earn up to $18,844.37 in additional income through tips and profit sharing every year, and advancement potential all contribute to server salary satisfaction.
A server's annual pay is heavily influenced by location, establishment, and tips earned in a given day. Overall, pay ranges between $32,980.85 and $101,413.46, depending on experience level, with average earnings of $56,863.55 following the typical server career path. Building up some experience can allow you to explore a job as a lead server, which comes with a higher potential pay.
To earn a higher server salary, choose a niche and gain professional experience in the field. Niches include fine dining, family dining, fast/casual, hotel dining, and banquet dining. If you want to excel as a professional in five-star restaurants, for instance, start in local fine dining restaurants or hotels and continue your career path from there. You should always demonstrate excellent customer service skills, teamwork, food and beverage knowledge, urgency, and attention to detail, so master these job-specific skills. Both location and establishment impact tips, so consider relocating to a higher-end establishment or a city or state with a higher level of pay.
How can you negotiate for a higher salary in your server job? Factor in your experience level. Every role counts, and this includes all front-of-the-house restaurant positions, such as hosts/hostesses, bussers, runners, and server assistants. The more experience you have, the greater an asset you are and the more money you'll be paid. Also, consider how you align with a specific restaurant's needs; if your experience is in small casual establishments, and you're interested in a bustling five-star restaurant, for instance, that gap gives you less negotiating power. You can also negotiate for more PTO or more flexible work hours.