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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Server Salary

$12.91 hourly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$26,857 yearly

Entry level Salary
$19,000 yearly
$19,000
10 %
$26,857
Median
$37,000
90 %

How much does a Server make?

Servers make $26,857 per year on average, or $12.91 per hour, in the United States. Servers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $19,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000.

Location impacts how much a server can expect to make. Servers make the most in Hawaii, New York, California, Washington, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Servers

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

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Server average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Arizona$31,058$14.931,428
2West Virginia$30,173$14.51314
3New York$34,576$16.621,915
4Michigan$27,242$13.101,693
5California$33,818$16.264,264
6Washington$32,205$15.48897
7Nevada$25,426$12.22649
8Massachusetts$32,011$15.391,023
9Oregon$31,135$14.97523
10Hawaii$37,593$18.0787
11Colorado$26,863$12.911,304
12Ohio$23,774$11.432,477
13Minnesota$27,687$13.311,134
14New Jersey$28,774$13.831,330
15District of Columbia$33,852$16.27129
16Vermont$29,641$14.2573
17Pennsylvania$25,533$12.282,226
18Rhode Island$27,668$13.30151
19Maine$27,471$13.21166
20New Hampshire$25,420$12.22317
21Connecticut$27,593$13.27456
22Virginia$25,940$12.471,685
23Arkansas$25,351$12.19342
24Maryland$26,457$12.721,166
25Kentucky$22,511$10.82928
26Missouri$23,688$11.391,220
27Texas$22,425$10.785,381
28Tennessee$21,980$10.571,407
29Kansas$22,463$10.80593
30Indiana$22,315$10.731,411
31Illinois$24,114$11.592,135
32Utah$22,400$10.77644
33Florida$22,252$10.704,993
34Wyoming$21,523$10.35125
35North Dakota$23,508$11.3078
36Delaware$23,902$11.49182
37Mississippi$21,924$10.54377
38New Mexico$22,407$10.77271
39Oklahoma$20,778$9.99668
40North Carolina$21,382$10.281,889
41Alaska$24,393$11.7344
42Georgia$21,864$10.511,963
43Wisconsin$20,557$9.881,065
44Iowa$21,091$10.14591
45South Carolina$20,148$9.69990
46Idaho$21,301$10.24275
47Louisiana$20,076$9.65620
48Montana$18,805$9.04207
49Alabama$19,908$9.57773
50South Dakota$20,766$9.9865
51Nebraska$19,536$9.39273

Highest Paying Cities For Servers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1New York, NY$34,565$16.62
2Washington, DC$33,827$16.26
3Los Angeles, CA$33,432$16.07
4Seattle, WA$32,802$15.77
5Boston, MA$31,995$15.38
6Phoenix, AZ$31,151$14.98
7Portland, OR$30,630$14.73
8Portland, ME$27,548$13.24
9Colorado Springs, CO$27,430$13.19
10Austin, MN$27,270$13.11
11Arlington, VA$26,816$12.89
12Philadelphia, PA$25,510$12.26
13Las Vegas, NV$25,284$12.16
14Jacksonville, AR$25,254$12.14
15Washington, UT$24,819$11.93

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Boston, MA

Server Salary Details

Server Salary

What is a Server's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
75th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15
Average$26,857$2,238$13
25th Percentile$22,000$1,833$11
10th Percentile$19,000$1,583$9

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Waitress$22,128$1,844$10.6487,315
Hostess$24,341$2,028$11.7082,629
Food Runner$23,029$1,919$11.07240,853
Room Service Server$24,256$2,021$11.66144,551
Server And Hostess$25,933$2,161$12.4797,109
Fine Dining Server$33,099$2,758$15.9177,549

Which Companies Pay Servers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, IBM and Latham & Watkins are the highest paying companies for servers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1IBM$45,666$21.95
2Latham & Watkins$44,533$21.412
3Intel$42,552$20.4610
4Amd$37,657$18.106
5UC Santa Barbara$37,141$17.86
6AHMC Healthcare$36,669$17.634
7Cadence Design Systems$34,965$16.812
8Lawrence General Hospital$33,191$15.968
9Weber Grills$33,052$15.894
10The Club at Quail Ridge$32,381$15.576
11National Audubon Society$32,288$15.522
12Pacific Office Automation$31,980$15.382
13Cheyenne Mountain Resort$31,769$15.27
14Kohler Co.$31,730$15.2536
15Massachusetts General Hospital$31,674$15.2324
16Woodfield Country Club$31,514$15.154
17Cornell University$31,481$15.144
18Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare$31,043$14.9212
19San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance$30,991$14.902
20Morgan Stanley$30,948$14.882

Server Salary Trends

Average Server Salary Over Time

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

    Server Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$26,900$12.91+3.6%
    2021$25,900$12.45+4.8%
    2020$24,600$11.85+4.4%
    2019$23,600$11.32+4.0%
    2018$22,600$10.87+3.7%

    Recently Added Server Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Treasure Island Resort & CasinoCurrents Restaurant Host +Tips!Lakeville, MN06/01/2022$28,175
    Mod PizzaServerPortland, OR06/01/2022$30,262
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaServer 2Joliet, IL06/01/2022$25,211
    Happy Bao'sHappy Bao's-Server-UrgentlyMesa, AZ06/01/2022$37,566
    Purple Cafe and Wine BarServers at Purple SeattleSeattle, WA06/01/2022$73,045
    Bonaventure Senior LivingServer-Bonaventure of KeizerKeizer, OR06/01/2022$33,392
    Dainty DonutsServerSan Ramon, CA06/01/2022$35,479
    Mod PizzaServerCharlotte, NC06/01/2022$29,781
    Kijung Hospitality Group Inc.Servers Needed Korean BBQIrvine, CA06/01/2022$31,305
    I Love PhoServer/Waitstaff at I Love PHOLas Vegas, NV06/01/2022$20,870

    Server Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Servers the most?

    Hawaii pays Servers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $37,593 per year, or $18.07 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Server?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Server if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $34,576 per year.

    What type of Server gets paid the most?

    Lead Server gets paid the most. Lead Server made a median salary of $37,156. The best-paid 10 percent make $69,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $19,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Server?

    A good starting salary for a server is $19,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a server in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for servers is $26,857, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a server can vary by state.

    Do servers make good money?

    Yes, servers make good money. The average hourly wage (including tips) is only $11 an hour. Though it is possible to make over $100,000 as a server, most likely, a person will be making between $20,000 to $30,000 annually.

    How much do servers make in tips on average?

    Servers make about $9 an hour in tips on average. It is hard to pin an exact number to an average amount that servers make in tips because there is a significantly wide range. However, since most states have a set tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, it is safe to assume that most of a server's income is coming through tips.

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