How Much Do Dishwashers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Dishwashers clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$25600 per year
Hourly wage
$12 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$18,670 to $21,060 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $10 per hour

Entry-level Dishwashers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $18,670 to $21,060 per year or $9 to $10 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dishwashers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $16 $32,280
Senior (Top 25%) $14 $28,960
Middle (Mid 50%) $12 $25,270
Junior (Bottom 25%) $10 $21,060
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $18,670

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $16 $33,850
MA $16 $32,750
HI $16 $32,630
WA $15 $31,890
NY $15 $30,390
CA $14 $30,030
NV $14 $29,270
VT $14 $28,380
OR $14 $28,250
CO $14 $28,120

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dishwasher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dishwashers are in the states of DC, MA, HI, WA and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Religious Organizations $31070 $14.94
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $30620 $14.72
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $30580 $14.70
Traveler Accommodation $30030 $14.44
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $29220 $14.05
Spectator Sports $28900 $13.89
Specialty Hospitals $28560 $13.73
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $28550 $13.73
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $28260 $13.58
Food and Beverage Stores $28040 $13.48
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $28020 $13.47
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $27630 $13.29
Other Food Manufacturing $27590 $13.26
Grantmaking and Giving Services $27560 $13.25
General Merchandise Stores $27520 $13.23
Other Schools and Instruction $27430 $13.19
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $27280 $13.12
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $27030 $13.00
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $26830 $12.90
Civic and Social Organizations $26740 $12.85
Rental and Leasing Services $26720 $12.85
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $26680 $12.83
Technical and Trade Schools $26610 $12.79
Special Food Services $26520 $12.75
Management of Companies and Enterprises $26360 $12.67
Real Estate $26300 $12.65
Employment Services $26120 $12.56
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $26010 $12.51
Home Health Care Services $25980 $12.49
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $25900 $12.45

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