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Server Demographics in the US

The average employee age for servers is 29 years. The server workforce reached a whopping 3,477,548 in 2020!

Among servers, we discovered that 66.8% of them are women, while 29.7% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among servers is White, which makes up 57.8% of all servers. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Server Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 3,477,548 servers currently employed in the United States.
  • 66.8% of all servers are women, while only 29.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed server is 29 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of servers is White (57.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17.9%) and Black or African American (10.9%).
  • The majority of servers are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Servers are most in-demand in Austin, TX.
  • Servers are paid an average annual salary of $24,097.
  • Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $34,587, the highest in the US.
  • Servers average starting salary is $16,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid servers earn as much as $35,000 or more.
  • Arizona is the best state for servers to live.
  • Servers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Server Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among servers is White, which makes up 57.8% of all servers. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 57.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.9%
  • Black or African American, 10.9%
  • Asian, 9.3%
  • Unknown, 3.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Servers

The chart below shows that 64.0% of servers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.9% and German is the third-most popular at 3.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 64.0%
  • French, 8.9%
  • German, 3.3%
  • Italian, 2.7%
  • Portuguese, 2.5%
  • Other, 18.6%

Types of Server Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for servers. The most common degree for servers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 32% of servers earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 24% and rounding it off is associate degree with 14%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 32%
  • High School Diploma degree, 24%
  • Associate degree, 14%
  • Diploma degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 26%

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Server Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ servers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most servers is the hospitality industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire servers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Server Work In

Employees with the server job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most servers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Top Industries Hiring Servers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ servers. Those industries include hospitality, retail and health care.

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Hospitality

Retail

Fortune 500

Health Care

Media

Server Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as servers. Keep reading to find out what the results for servers were.

Server Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among servers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Server Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the server position over time.

Male
Female
33%
30%
27%
25%
22%
19%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Server Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of servers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Server Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of servers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Server Stay in a Job

By looking over 663,338 servers resumes, we figured out that the average server enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Server Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of server employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of servers is 20-30 years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Server Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, busboy/waiter and host/waiter have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Head Waitress8%89%
Cocktail Waitress8%89%
Bartender, Cook, And Waitress8%89%
Server30%67%
Bar Back & Bartender80%15%
Host/Waiter83%12%
Busboy/Waiter90%6%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Busboy/Waiter
Host/Waiter
Bar Back & Bartender
Server
Bartender, Cook, And Waitress
Cocktail Waitress
Head Waitress
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Servers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to servers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Line Runner6.20%
Dish Washer7.11%
Bar Back7.39%
Deli Cook8.79%
Mixologist9.06%
Server9.75%
Ice Cream Scooper11.55%

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Server Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$23,686
female-income
Female Income
$22,558

Server Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$24,515
$23,966
$23,418
$22,869
$22,320
$21,771
$21,222
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Server Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$22,826
Some College/ Associate Degree$24,136
Bachelor's Degree$25,391
Master's Degree$25,568

Server Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$27,466
$26,517
$25,568
$24,618
$23,669
$22,720
$21,771
$20,822
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Where Do Servers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where servers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Servers Located?

By looking through more than 663,338 resumes, we found that the most popular places for servers are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Servers

Where Are Servers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country servers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings