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Server salary in Chicago, IL

How much does a Server make in Chicago, IL?

Average base salary

as national average
Average $16.06
Low $8.59
High $30.01
$200per day
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a server is $16.06 per hour in Chicago, IL and $200 tips per day.530 salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in Chicago, IL

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Servers in Chicago, IL

  1. Haidilao Hot Pot
    54 reviews8 salaries reported
    $24.66per hour
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Highest paying cities for Servers near Chicago, IL

  1. Springfield, IL
    $20.06 per hour
    23 salaries reported
  2. Schaumburg, IL
    $19.39 per hour
    58 salaries reported
  3. Naperville, IL
    $19.07 per hour
    111 salaries reported
  1. Saint Charles, IL
    $18.60 per hour
    9 salaries reported
  2. Algonquin, IL
    $17.02 per hour
    14 salaries reported
  3. Elk Grove Village, IL
    $16.47 per hour
    14 salaries reported
  1. Gurnee, IL
    $16.44 per hour
    10 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $16.06 per hour
    530 salaries reported
  3. Bloomington, IL
    $15.62 per hour
    13 salaries reported
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Where can a Server earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Servers

Most recommended skill

Catering Experience(earn +27.97% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 2.13% since 2018. Servers with this skill earn +27.97% more than the average base salary, which is $16.06 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012728increase by 728
20131886increase by 159.07%
20142937increase by 55.73%
20151054decrease by 64.11%
20161229increase by 16.60%
2017526decrease by 57.20%
2018703increase by 33.65%
2019688decrease by 2.13%

Top companies hiring Servers with the recommended skill

Lettuce Entertain You
Tao Group Hospitality
Home Run Inn, Inc.
Fulton Market Kitchen
City Winery
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Top certifications
CompTIA Server+
Top licenses
MAST Permit

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
2 jobs2
2,168 jobs3,983
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Most common benefits for Servers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Childcare
  • Commuter assistance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 107,242 ratings

41% of Servers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in Chicago, IL?


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Average $16.41 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Server

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