Updated August 18, 2021
Average Food Runner Salary
$9.88 hourly
$20,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$11,000 yearly
$11,000
10 %
$20,000
Median
$37,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$37,000
$3,083
$18
75th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13
Average
$20,549
$1,712
$10
25th Percentile
$14,000
$1,167
$7
10th Percentile
$11,000
$917
$5

Average Food Runner Salary By State

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Food Runner average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$21,046
$10.12
Alaska
$28,362
$13.64
Arizona
$25,607
$12.31
Arkansas
$21,138
$10.16
California
$30,430
$14.63
Colorado
$24,283
$11.67
Connecticut
$22,527
$10.83
Delaware
$18,679
$8.98
District of Columbia
$23,299
$11.20
Florida
$20,406
$9.81
Georgia
$17,816
$8.57
Hawaii
$20,384
$9.80
Idaho
$19,105
$9.19
Illinois
$19,026
$9.15
Indiana
$18,765
$9.02
Iowa
$20,496
$9.85
Kansas
$21,254
$10.22
Kentucky
$20,011
$9.62
Louisiana
$19,316
$9.29
Maine
$19,766
$9.50
Maryland
$22,421
$10.78
Massachusetts
$23,997
$11.54
Michigan
$19,551
$9.40
Minnesota
$24,538
$11.80
Mississippi
$18,576
$8.93
Missouri
$19,797
$9.52
Montana
$19,465
$9.36
Nebraska
$22,989
$11.05
Nevada
$22,012
$10.58
New Hampshire
$19,607
$9.43
New Jersey
$21,226
$10.20
New Mexico
$19,448
$9.35
New York
$24,893
$11.97
North Carolina
$18,823
$9.05
North Dakota
$25,200
$12.12
Ohio
$19,679
$9.46
Oklahoma
$20,649
$9.93
Oregon
$29,933
$14.39
Pennsylvania
$20,355
$9.79
Rhode Island
$23,626
$11.36
South Carolina
$19,232
$9.25
South Dakota
$20,126
$9.68
Tennessee
$21,074
$10.13
Texas
$20,239
$9.73
Utah
$20,510
$9.86
Vermont
$25,646
$12.33
Virginia
$18,077
$8.69
Washington
$28,479
$13.69
West Virginia
$24,186
$11.63
Wisconsin
$21,897
$10.53
Wyoming
$18,987
$9.13

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Highest Paying Cities For Food Runner

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Long Beach, CA
$29,669
$14.26
Scottsdale, AZ
$25,628
$12.32
Southampton, NY
$24,736
$11.89
Morgantown, WV
$24,538
$11.80
Colorado Springs, CO
$24,364
$11.71
Farmington, CT
$22,485
$10.81

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How much does a Food Runner make?

The average food runner salary is $20,549 per year, or $9.88 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $11,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Vermont provide the highest food runner salaries.

Average Food Runner Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $20,500
    $9.88
    +5.0%
    2020
    $19,500
    $9.38
    +3.7%
    2019
    $18,800
    $9.04
    +2.7%
    2018
    $18,300
    $8.79
    +2.6%
    2017
    $17,800
    $8.56
    +0.4%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Waitress

    Avg. salary: $20,246

    Waitresses are responsible for ensuring that guests are given proper attention during their visit to the restaurant. They guide guests to their table, provide menu boards, answer any questions the guests may have, take the guests' order, and communicate the order to the kitchen. Once the order is ready, waitresses collect the food from the kitchen and serve it to the guests. They then give guests time to finish their meal. Upon the guests' request, waitresses bring them their bill and wait for them to finish paying up. Once the guests leave, waitresses are responsible for ensuring that the table is ready for the next guests.
    57,155 Waitress Jobs
    Server/Barista

    Avg. salary: $22,887

    A server/barista is someone who makes and serves beverages and foods, such as coffee, tea, and sandwiches or baked goods. He/She or she should be able to explain menu items to customers to ensure customer satisfaction. Other responsibilities include knowing food and beverage quality controls and updating displays to attract customers. The core skills that a server/barista should possess include excellent listening and communication skills and the ability to cope up with a physically demanding work environment. A candidate with a high school diploma or equivalent could qualify for the position.
    107,620 Server/Barista Jobs
    Cashier/Host

    Avg. salary: $15,610

    A cashier/host is responsible for facilitating the cash register processes and managing financial transactions. Cashier/hosts process reservations and online payments, respond to customers' inquiries and concerns, escalate high-level complaints, update customer's account information on the database, and perform various administrative and clerical tasks as needed. They also create comprehensive financial reports for management's review, including recommendations on cost-efficient strategies to minimize the company's loss without compromising high-quality services. A cashier/host must be analytical and communicative to maintain smooth operations and achieve the highest customer satisfaction.
    152,823 Cashier/Host Jobs
    Line Cook

    Avg. salary: $27,579

    Line cooks are responsible for preparing meals for guests or employers. The term line cook brings to mind an assembly line. This is apt because line cooks are usually assigned to a specific station to work on a specific part of a meal or a preparation process. They are part of a bigger group of cooks in the restaurant. This is done so that meal preparation is more efficient. Line cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients, ensuring that the pantry is well-stocked, and doing their assigned activity in the line. They are expected to be good team players, have experience as a cook, and be able to follow recipes and provide alternatives when necessary.
    94,052 Line Cook Jobs
    Server And Hostess

    Avg. salary: $23,580

    A server and hostess is an employee who plays the dual role of both a hostess and a server. As implied by this, a server and hostess is in-charge of welcoming guests as they enter the restaurant, ensuring that the guests' tables are ready before leading them to their assigned tables, handing over the menu, and waiting for the guests to finalize their order. Once the guests are ready to order, the server and hostess takes on the server role by bringing the guests' order to the kitchen, waiting for the food to be ready, and bringing the food to the guests' table.
    64,760 Server And Hostess Jobs
    Restaurant Server

    Avg. salary: $23,188

    Also called food servers, restaurant servers perform food preparation, cleaning duties, and customer service in casual dining eateries and restaurants. The food servers stock supplies, handle credit cards and the cash register, and clean restaurant counters and tables. They provide assistance to restaurant patrons to take orders, deliver food, and answer customer questions. The skills they need include trustworthiness, organization, customer relations, and communication skills.
    95,594 Restaurant Server Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Waitress
    $20,247
    $1,687
    $9.73
    57,155
    Server/Barista
    $22,887
    $1,907
    $11.00
    107,620
    Cashier/Host
    $15,610
    $1,301
    $7.50
    152,823
    Line Cook
    $27,579
    $2,298
    $13.26
    94,052
    Server And Hostess
    $23,581
    $1,965
    $11.34
    64,760
    Restaurant Server
    $23,188
    $1,932
    $11.15
    95,594
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    Food Runner Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a food runner can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $17,400
    $8.36
    Mid Level
    $18,800
    $9.05
    Senior Level
    $21,900
    $10.53

    Which Companies Pay Food Runners The Most?

    To earn a high income as a food runner, working for Molson Coors Brewing Company or Success Foods Management Group might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Constellation Brands and Sugar Bowl Resort report highly competitive wages for food runners.
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    Recently Added Food Runner Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Delaware North
    Food Runner, Niagara Falls State Park
    Food Runner, Niagara Falls State Park
    Niagara Falls, NY
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    El Camino
    Food Runner/Host
    Food Runner/Host
    Seattle, WA
    08/30/2021
    $31,305
    08/30/2021
    The Burger Joint
    Food Runner
    Food Runner
    Houston, TX
    08/30/2021
    $16,696
    08/30/2021
    Food Runner
    Maili, HI
    08/30/2021
    $35,375
    08/30/2021
    The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
    Food Runner-The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
    Food Runner-The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
    Denver, CO
    08/30/2021
    $35,479
    08/30/2021
    Hyatt
    Food Runner PM and AM Shift
    Food Runner PM and AM Shift
    Ione, CA
    08/29/2021
    $29,218
    08/29/2021
    Residence Inn Columbus OSU (University Plaza)
    Dining Room Attendant-Moda-Marriott Columbus OSU-at
    Dining Room Attendant-Moda-Marriott Columbus OSU-at
    Columbus, OH
    08/29/2021
    $27,131
    08/29/2021
    Concord Hospitality
    Dining Room Attendant-Moda-Marriott Columbus OSU-at
    Dining Room Attendant-Moda-Marriott Columbus OSU-at
    Columbus, OH
    08/29/2021
    $27,131
    08/29/2021
    BăO Brewhouse
    Solicitamos Cocineros! Bussers and Food Runners Wanted
    Solicitamos Cocineros! Bussers and Food Runners Wanted
    Denver, CO
    08/28/2021
    $48,001
    08/28/2021
    Fresa's-South First
    Expo/Food Runner Position
    Expo/Food Runner Position
    Austin, TX
    08/28/2021
    $31,305
    08/28/2021

    Average Food Runner Salary by Demographic

    Food Runner Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $21,128
    female-income
    Female Income
    $21,179
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$21,128
    Female$21,179
    Median Food Runner Income by Race
    Hispanic or latino food runners have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american food runners have the lowest average salary at $20,498.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$20,790
    Black or African American$20,498
    Asian$21,585
    Hispanic or Latino$22,238
    Average Food Runner Salary by Education Level
    Food runners with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $24,831 annually. With a Bachelors degree, food runners earn a median annual income of $23,562 compared to $22,705 for food runners with an Associate degree.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$21,179
    Master's Degree$24,831
    Bachelor's Degree$23,562
    Some College/ Associate Degree$22,705