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Restaurant Server Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$21,000
$8,000
$21,000
$54,000
Restaurant servers in the United States make an average salary of $21,462 per year or $10.32 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $8,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $55,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Alaska, Illinois, Connecticut, and Iowa provide the highest restaurant server salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Fresno, CA
$27,694
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Map of Restaurant Server Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Restaurant Servers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Restaurant Server Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New York, Alaska and Illinois, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for restaurant servers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Montana, Tennessee, and Georgia.

City
Average Salary
Anchorage, AK
Anchorage, AK
$28,496
$28k
Fresno, CA
Fresno, CA
$27,694
$28k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$27,493
$27k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$25,768
$26k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$24,108
$24k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$24,026
$24k
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland, OH
$23,954
$24k
Columbia, MD
Columbia, MD
$22,515
$23k
Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA
$22,475
$22k
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI
$22,306
$22k

High Paying Restaurant Server Jobs

Average Restaurant Server Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a restaurant server, working for Nordstrom or Live Nation Entertainment might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Loews and Miller's Ale House report highly competitive salaries for restaurant servers.

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Restaurant Server Salary History

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    Recently Added Restaurant Server Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Restaurant Server. Lunch M Thru F
    Restaurant Server. Lunch M Thru F
    Ione, CA
    Ione, CA
    10/17/2020
    10/17/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    10/17/2020
    YOGO Inn
    YOGO Inn
    Restaurant Server
    Restaurant Server
    Restaurant Server
    Lewistown, MT
    Lewistown, MT
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    09/25/2020
    Server Waiter Restaurant
    Server Waiter Restaurant
    San Rafael, CA
    San Rafael, CA
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    09/25/2020
    Server-Shores Restaurant
    Server-Shores Restaurant
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    09/18/2020
    09/18/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    09/18/2020
    1-800 Accountant
    1-800 Accountant
    Restaurant Server | Bartender-Looking To GET Out of The Industry? Look No Further! M-F
    Restaurant Server | Bartender-Looking To GET Out of The Industry? Look No Further! M-F
    Restaurant Server | Bartender-Looking To GET Out of The Industry? Look No Further! M-F
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    09/17/2020
    09/17/2020
    $85,000
    $85,000
    09/17/2020
    Restaurant Server No Nights No Weekends
    Restaurant Server No Nights No Weekends
    Chandler, AZ
    Chandler, AZ
    08/27/2020
    08/27/2020
    $26,088
    $26,088
    08/27/2020
    Restaurant Server
    Restaurant Server
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    08/27/2020
    08/27/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    08/27/2020
    Restaurant Server
    Restaurant Server
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    08/26/2020
    08/26/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    08/26/2020
    Restaurant Server-No Nights No Weekends
    Restaurant Server-No Nights No Weekends
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    08/25/2020
    08/25/2020
    $21,914
    $21,914
    08/25/2020
    Restaurant Server
    Restaurant Server
    Sarasota, FL
    Sarasota, FL
    07/30/2020
    07/30/2020
    $18,261
    $18,261
    07/30/2020