Updated August 18, 2021
Average Restaurant Server Salary
$11.15 hourly
$23,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$17,000 yearly
$17,000
10 %
$23,000
Median
$31,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$31,000
$2,583
$15
75th Percentile
$27,000
$2,250
$13
Average
$23,188
$1,932
$11
25th Percentile
$19,000
$1,583
$9
10th Percentile
$17,000
$1,417
$8

Average Restaurant Server Salary By State

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Restaurant Server average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$17,940
$8.63
Alaska
$35,798
$17.21
Arizona
$21,910
$10.53
Arkansas
$18,426
$8.86
California
$25,803
$12.41
Colorado
$19,022
$9.15
Connecticut
$22,860
$10.99
Delaware
$21,636
$10.40
District of Columbia
$29,582
$14.22
Florida
$19,938
$9.59
Georgia
$18,061
$8.68
Hawaii
$22,127
$10.64
Idaho
$22,704
$10.92
Illinois
$22,978
$11.05
Indiana
$19,193
$9.23
Iowa
$20,235
$9.73
Kansas
$21,043
$10.12
Kentucky
$20,910
$10.05
Louisiana
$19,228
$9.24
Maine
$23,511
$11.30
Maryland
$20,893
$10.04
Massachusetts
$29,171
$14.02
Michigan
$21,815
$10.49
Minnesota
$23,887
$11.48
Mississippi
$20,518
$9.86
Missouri
$19,808
$9.52
Montana
$17,176
$8.26
Nebraska
$21,801
$10.48
Nevada
$22,544
$10.84
New Hampshire
$21,270
$10.23
New Jersey
$24,278
$11.67
New Mexico
$19,118
$9.19
New York
$32,340
$15.55
North Carolina
$19,011
$9.14
North Dakota
$22,029
$10.59
Ohio
$18,342
$8.82
Oklahoma
$17,564
$8.44
Oregon
$29,713
$14.29
Pennsylvania
$23,238
$11.17
Rhode Island
$25,858
$12.43
South Carolina
$18,658
$8.97
South Dakota
$20,177
$9.70
Tennessee
$19,738
$9.49
Texas
$21,344
$10.26
Utah
$20,673
$9.94
Vermont
$26,542
$12.76
Virginia
$16,701
$8.03
Washington
$28,962
$13.92
West Virginia
$21,641
$10.40
Wisconsin
$21,165
$10.18
Wyoming
$19,945
$9.59

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Highest Paying Cities For Restaurant Server

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
$29,725
$14.29
Hillsboro, OR
$29,652
$14.26
Palo Alto, CA
$27,488
$13.22
Pittsburgh, PA
$22,017
$10.59
Phoenix, AZ
$21,992
$10.57
Austin, TX
$21,348
$10.26

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How much does a Restaurant Server make?

The average restaurant server salary is $23,188 per year, or $11.15 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $31,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Washington provide the highest restaurant server salaries.

Average Restaurant Server Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $23,200
    $11.15
    +4.4%
    2020
    $22,200
    $10.66
    +4.0%
    2019
    $21,300
    $10.23
    +3.7%
    2018
    $20,500
    $9.85
    +2.7%
    2017
    $19,900
    $9.59
    +0.7%

    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
    Hostess

    Avg. salary: $23,235

    Hostesses are responsible for managing guests who come to the restaurant. They greet guests, ensure that the guests have tables ready before letting them into the restaurant floor, guide the guests to their assigned tables, and introduce the guests to the waiter assigned to the table. Hostesses also manage the reservation list, often manning the restaurant's reservation hotline. They also control the entry of guests, answer any query that guests may have, and take note of any special requests. Hostesses ensure that guests have the best possible restaurant experience.
    63,390 Hostess Jobs
    Waitstaff

    Avg. salary: $23,197

    The waitstaff takes responsibility for tasks like recommending dishes based on the tastes and preferences of guests, accepting payments, and taking orders. Waitstaff delivers food to tables, ensures outstanding guest experience, and accepts payments. They work with diligence to get outstanding service quality and work with the other staff. It is part of their job to show customers their seats and provide menu options. They attend to tables for food service and guarantee cleanliness standard compliance.
    91,980 Waitstaff 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
    Food Runner

    Avg. salary: $20,549

    Food Runners are responsible for assisting waitstaff on serving customers at a restaurant or similar establishment. Among their duties include maintaining cleanliness in particular areas, setting tables, refilling drinks, assisting customers with everything that they need, and coordinating with the workforce in and out of the kitchen. Furthermore, Food Runners need to ensure that all deliveries are accurate according to what is ordered by a customer. It is essential to stay presentable and helpful at all times as the main priority is customer satisfaction.
    126,847 Food Runner 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
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Waitress
    $20,247
    $1,687
    $9.73
    57,155
    Hostess
    $23,235
    $1,936
    $11.17
    63,390
    Waitstaff
    $23,198
    $1,933
    $11.15
    91,980
    Server And Hostess
    $23,581
    $1,965
    $11.34
    64,760
    Food Runner
    $20,549
    $1,712
    $9.88
    126,847
    Server/Barista
    $22,887
    $1,907
    $11.00
    107,620
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    Recently Added Restaurant Server Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Delaware North
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    08/31/2021
    $22,394
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    $24,522
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    $19,409
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    08/31/2021
    $19,096
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    Portland, OR
    08/30/2021
    $29,218
    08/30/2021
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    Bartender/Restaurant Server
    Denver, CO
    08/30/2021
    $24,522
    08/30/2021
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    08/30/2021
    $20,348
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    Average Restaurant Server Salary by Demographic

    Restaurant Server Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $24,289
    female-income
    Female Income
    $23,379
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$24,289
    Female$23,379
    Median Restaurant Server Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino restaurant servers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american restaurant servers have the lowest average salary at $23,181.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$23,869
    Black or African American$23,181
    Asian$23,892
    Hispanic or Latino$24,056
    Average Restaurant Server Salary by Education Level
    Restaurant servers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $25,550 annually. With a Bachelors degree, restaurant servers earn a median annual income of $25,412 compared to $24,424 for restaurant servers with an Associate degree.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$23,379
    Master's Degree$25,550
    Bachelor's Degree$25,412
    Some College/ Associate Degree$24,424