Updated December 12, 2022

Average Restaurant Server Salary

$11.81hourly

$24,558 yearly

Entry level Salary
$15,000 yearly
$15,000
10%
$24,558
Median
$37,000
90%

How much does a Restaurant Server make?

Restaurant servers make $24,558 per year on average, or $11.81 per hour, in the United States. Restaurant servers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $15,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000.

Location impacts how much a restaurant server can expect to make. Restaurant servers make the most in California, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Restaurant Servers

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a restaurant server is roughly $24,558 per year, which boils down to $11.81 per hour. Interestingly enough, restaurant servers have the highest salaries in Washington, DC at about $34,261 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Washington, DC is $21,000. Additionally, restaurant servers make more than the average salary in San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Portland, OR, and New York, NY. On a more broad level, restaurant server salaries are highest in California, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Oregon. On the contrary, South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana offer the lowest restaurant server salaries.
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Restaurant Server average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Arizona$26,754$12.861,116
2California$32,428$15.594,356
3Colorado$26,113$12.551,309
4Washington$30,709$14.76884
5Texas$24,808$11.934,515
6Missouri$25,792$12.40990
7Maryland$28,436$13.671,000
8Massachusetts$30,647$14.73779
9Oregon$28,619$13.76469
10Connecticut$28,753$13.82397
11District of Columbia$34,271$16.48116
12Vermont$29,148$14.0149
13West Virginia$22,432$10.78329
14Virginia$25,362$12.191,699
15Kentucky$22,193$10.67725
16New Jersey$26,651$12.811,012
17Minnesota$26,018$12.51723
18New York$26,875$12.921,472
19Delaware$24,662$11.86196
20Tennessee$21,711$10.441,146
21Rhode Island$25,436$12.23111
22Kansas$23,304$11.20446
23Indiana$22,096$10.621,144
24Pennsylvania$22,155$10.651,839
25Wyoming$21,557$10.36125
26Florida$22,198$10.673,955
27North Dakota$23,293$11.2078
28Georgia$22,716$10.921,718
29New Hampshire$23,231$11.17222
30Nevada$21,375$10.28417
31Michigan$21,150$10.171,439
32Idaho$22,084$10.62243
33Ohio$20,914$10.051,911
34Illinois$22,191$10.671,868
35Maine$22,511$10.82127
36Hawaii$28,724$13.8191
37Arkansas$20,912$10.05415
38New Mexico$22,308$10.72224
39South Carolina$19,998$9.61870
40Alaska$23,491$11.2965
41Alabama$19,668$9.46834
42North Carolina$20,617$9.911,546
43Montana$21,315$10.25165
44Iowa$20,937$10.07540
45South Dakota$20,964$10.0877
46Utah$20,857$10.03474
47Louisiana$19,523$9.39489
48Mississippi$19,040$9.15348
49Oklahoma$18,502$8.90576
50Nebraska$20,384$9.80230
51Wisconsin$18,177$8.74806

Highest Paying Cities For Restaurant Servers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Washington, DC$34,261$16.47
2San Francisco, CA$32,666$15.70
3Seattle, WA$30,725$14.77
4Boston, MA$30,697$14.76
5Portland, OR$28,595$13.75
6New York, NY$26,932$12.95
7Phoenix, AZ$26,782$12.88
8Washington, NJ$26,583$12.78
9Aurora, CO$26,117$12.56
10Saint Louis, MO$25,775$12.39
11Arlington, VA$25,380$12.20
12San Antonio, TX$24,906$11.97
13Atlanta, GA$22,684$10.91
14Portland, ME$22,487$10.81
15Miami, FL$22,257$10.70

Restaurant Servers Salary Details

Average Restaurant Server Salary Graph
Average Restaurant Server Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Restaurant Server's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
75th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
Average$24,558$2,047$12
25th Percentile$19,000$1,583$9
10th Percentile$15,000$1,250$7

Highest Paying Types of Restaurant Servers

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Waitress$24,770$2,064$11.9187,315
Hostess$26,298$2,192$12.6482,629
Waitstaff$25,104$2,092$12.07130,467
Server And Hostess$28,020$2,335$13.4797,109
Food Runner$25,536$2,128$12.28240,853
Server/Barista$30,749$2,562$14.78173,073

Which Companies Pay Restaurant Servers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, University of California, Berkeley and University of California are the highest paying companies for restaurant servers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1University of California, Berkeley$45,469$21.86
2University of California$42,939$20.644
3Northampton Country Club$41,717$20.06
4Lake Naomi Club$39,998$19.23
5Bay Head Yacht Club$39,736$19.10
6Cornell University$39,039$18.773
7Kohler Co.$36,335$17.479
8Springfield Golf & Country Club$34,037$16.36
9Four Seasons$32,622$15.68
10Tallgrass Technologies$32,325$15.54
11University$32,158$15.46
12Bethesda Country Club$31,597$15.192
13Hyde Park Golf & Country Club$31,133$14.97
14Erickson Senior Living$30,794$14.8081
15West$29,669$14.26
16Kirby$29,646$14.25
17Cajun Industries$29,046$13.961
18Earth Fare$29,020$13.9516
19Texas Roadhouse$28,811$13.851,479
20Sentry$28,770$13.835

Restaurant Server Pay Trends

Average Restaurant Server Salary Over Time

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

    Restaurant Server Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2023$24,600$11.81+3.6%
    2022$23,700$11.38+4.8%
    2021$22,500$10.83+4.4%
    2020$21,500$10.35+4.0%
    2019$20,700$9.94+3.7%

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    Restaurant Server Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Restaurant Servers The Most?

    California pays Restaurant Servers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $34,271 per year, or $16.48 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Restaurant Server?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Restaurant Server if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $32,428 per year.

    What Type Of Restaurant Server Gets Paid The Most?

    Caterer/Server gets paid the most. Caterer/Server made a median salary of $33,737. The best-paid 10 percent make $40,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $28,000.

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