Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Food Server make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

Industry

$38,085 / yrTotal Pay
$32,625 / yrBase Pay
$5,460 / yrAdditional Pay

$38,085

 / yr
$25K$58K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Food Server is $38,085 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $32,625 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 $5,460 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.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Server

$38,393 /yr
Server
$51,731 /yr
Senior Server
$41,221 /yr
Lead Server
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Related Job Titles

For Food Server

Some related job titles are Food Service Salaries with median pay of $35,488, Food Service Worker Salaries with median pay of $33,354, Restaurant Server Salaries with median pay of $37,860, Waiter Salaries with median pay of $39,551.

Top Paying Companies

For a Food Server in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Food Server in United States. Employers include Gyu-Kaku, P.F. Chang's and Brinker International.

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Gyu-Kaku
$44,622/yr

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Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

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.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Server/Waiter

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$90

/hr

$15 | $75

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Server/Waiter

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$12

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Server/Waiter

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$10

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Server/Waiter

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$15

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Expeditor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$70,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Waitress

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$72,002

/hr

$2 | $72K

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Server/Waiter

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$68,410

/hr

$10 | $68K

SubmittedYesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Banquet Server

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$7,217

/hr

$17 | $7K

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday

Food Server pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Food Server is $32,625 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Food Server salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 8699 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Food Server employees.

The highest salary for a Food Server in United States is $48,061 per year.

The lowest salary for a Food Server in United States is $22,147 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Food Server or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Food Server.