Updated December 12, 2022

Average Food Runner Salary

$12.28hourly

$25,536 yearly

Entry level Salary
$18,000 yearly
$18,000
10%
$25,536
Median
$34,000
90%

How much does a Food Runner make?

Food runners make $25,536 per year on average, or $12.28 per hour, in the United States. Food runners on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $18,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $34,000.

Location impacts how much a food runner can expect to make. Food runners make the most in Vermont, Washington, California, Massachusetts, and Maryland.

Highest Paying States For Food Runners

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a food runner is roughly $25,536 per year, which boils down to $12.28 per hour. Interestingly enough, food runners have the highest salaries in Seattle, WA at about $27,492 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Seattle, WA is $20,000. Additionally, food runners make more than the average salary in San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, and Portland, OR. On a more broad level, food runner salaries are highest in Vermont, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, and New York. On the contrary, Delaware, Oklahoma, and South Carolina offer the lowest food runner salaries.
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Food Runner average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Indiana$24,414$11.741,488
2North Carolina$24,240$11.652,096
3Tennessee$23,320$11.211,488
4Ohio$24,507$11.782,189
5Washington$27,472$13.211,086
6Texas$23,389$11.245,082
7Minnesota$25,839$12.42926
8Vermont$28,023$13.4797
9Kentucky$23,150$11.131,003
10Kansas$23,803$11.44586
11Oregon$26,208$12.60597
12Pennsylvania$23,687$11.392,391
13Wisconsin$23,815$11.451,065
14Massachusetts$26,695$12.831,168
15Maryland$26,561$12.771,034
16New York$25,921$12.462,092
17Connecticut$25,559$12.29530
18Colorado$24,322$11.691,250
19Maine$25,380$12.20224
20Michigan$22,950$11.031,766
21Rhode Island$25,117$12.08149
22New Mexico$23,738$11.41322
23Illinois$24,571$11.811,996
24Georgia$23,299$11.201,893
25Alabama$22,858$10.99745
26Mississippi$22,114$10.63518
27California$27,036$13.003,900
28Montana$22,521$10.83299
29Arkansas$22,952$11.03417
30North Dakota$23,638$11.36102
31Virginia$23,710$11.401,806
32New Hampshire$23,729$11.41318
33District of Columbia$26,513$12.75122
34Alaska$25,663$12.34130
35Arizona$22,241$10.691,393
36New Jersey$23,699$11.391,519
37Nebraska$23,438$11.27310
38Iowa$22,523$10.83608
39Nevada$22,024$10.59487
40Florida$22,292$10.723,359
41South Carolina$21,368$10.271,194
42Missouri$22,407$10.771,156
43South Dakota$21,938$10.55168
44West Virginia$20,778$9.99359
45Oklahoma$21,384$10.28678
46Idaho$22,339$10.74261
47Utah$22,187$10.67522
48Delaware$21,699$10.43217
49Wyoming$20,464$9.84135
50Hawaii$24,142$11.61108
51Louisiana$20,882$10.04549

Highest Paying Cities For Food Runners

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Seattle, WA$27,492$13.22
2San Francisco, CA$27,243$13.10
3Boston, MA$26,700$12.84
4Baltimore, MD$26,580$12.78
5Washington, DC$26,488$12.73
6Portland, OR$26,172$12.58
7New York, NY$25,867$12.44
8Portland, ME$25,324$12.18
9Chicago, IL$24,576$11.82
10Columbus, OH$24,430$11.75
11Columbus, IN$24,351$11.71
12Colorado Springs, CO$24,329$11.70
13Jacksonville, NC$24,279$11.67
14Urban Honolulu, HI$24,128$11.60
15Philadelphia, PA$23,737$11.41

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Washington, DC

Food Runners Salary Details

Average Food Runner Salary Graph
Average Food Runner Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Food Runner's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
75th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14
Average$25,536$2,128$12
25th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10
10th Percentile$18,000$1,500$9

Highest Paying Types of Food Runners

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Waitress$24,770$2,064$11.9187,315
Server/Barista$30,749$2,562$14.78173,073
Cashier/Host$24,581$2,048$11.82131,740
Line Cook$32,895$2,741$15.81168,993
Server And Hostess$28,020$2,335$13.4797,109
Restaurant Server$24,558$2,047$11.81141,250

Which Companies Pay Food Runners The Most?

The highest paying companies for food runners are University of Massachusetts Boston and Talamore Country Club according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs and Lexington Country Club report highly competitive wages for food runners.

Food Runner Pay Trends

Average Food Runner Salary Over Time

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

    Food Runner Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2023$25,500$12.28+4.7%
    2022$24,300$11.71+5.4%
    2021$23,000$11.08+5.0%
    2020$21,900$10.52+3.7%
    2019$21,100$10.13+2.7%

    Recently Added Food Runner Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    The Marcus CorporationFood RunnerLas Vegas, NV11/29/2022$24,001
    Chick-Fil-A St. Lucie West FSUChick-Fil-A Host/Dining Room AttendantPort Saint Lucie, FL11/29/2022$20,870
    Capital City ClubFood RunnerAtlanta, GA11/29/2022$22,957
    BenchmarkHotel Banquet Food Runner or More Per Hour-Private Hotel and Training Center!Center, TX11/29/2022$35,062
    The Alinea GroupFood Runner-The AviaryChicago, IL11/28/2022$40,697
    Monkey BarFood RunnerNew York, NY11/28/2022$20,870
    Ai FioriBreakfast Food RunnerNew York, NY11/28/2022$31,305
    Peony Kitchen BellevueExpo/Food RunnerBellevue, WA11/28/2022$31,305
    Snooze La JollaFood RunnerSan Diego, CA11/28/2022$31,305
    LeÑA BravaFood RunnerChicago, IL11/28/2022$19,284

    Food Runner Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Food Runners The Most?

    Vermont pays Food Runners the most in the United States, with an average salary of $28,023 per year, or $13.47 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Food Runner?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Food Runner if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $27,472 per year.

    What Type Of Food Runner Gets Paid The Most?

    Associate Food Scientist gets paid the most. Associate Food Scientist made a median salary of $43,865. The best-paid 10 percent make $49,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $39,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Food Runner?

    A good starting salary for a food runner is $15,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a food runner in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for food runners is $23,029, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a food runner can vary by state.

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