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How much does a Server make in the United States?

Average base salary
27.8k salaries reported, updated at May 26, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a server is $11.69 per hour in the United States and $100.00 tips per day.
Additional compensation
per day
Most common benefits
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Food provided
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance

What does a Server do?

A server takes and delivers customer's orders in a food service setting. They play a huge part in making a dining experience enjoyable for their customers and are the face of the restaurant they work in. Servers are also responsible for clearing tables and ensuring that diners enjoy a pleasant and welcoming environment. It is a fast-paced role that usually requires staff to be on their feet for most of their shifts.

Working as a Server

Depending on where they work, Servers can expect to perform a range of duties including:

  • Greeting customers as they enter the establishment and escorting them to their seats
  • Taking orders, relaying them to the kitchen staff and then delivering them to the customers
  • Maintaining a clean working environment and replenishing consumables and other supplies
  • Answering customer questions about menu options and making recommendations to when asked
  • Maintaining a detailed knowledge of ingredients with reference to allergens and food sensitivities

Where can a Server earn more?

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Server

What is the best thing about being a Server?

If you enjoy working with the public and want a job that's different every day, then working as a Server can be hugely rewarding. Restaurants are usually fast-paced environments that encourage teamwork, so Servers often have a network of friends at work, which can make working as a Server an enjoyable and social job.

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Where do servers work?

Servers can work anywhere that serves food, and there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to work in food service. Most Servers work in restaurants or diners, from large national chains to small independent businesses. There are other places that serve food that require Servers including cafeterias, hospitals, hotels and special events.

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