How Much Do Food Servers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Nonrestaurant Food Servers

Nonrestaurant Food Servers serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

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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
$27460 per year
Hourly wage
$13 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$19,350 to $22,200 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $11 per hour

Entry-level Nonrestaurant Food Servers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $19,350 to $22,200 per year or $9 to $11 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Nonrestaurant Food Servers 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%) $18 $37,910
Senior (Top 25%) $15 $30,830
Middle (Mid 50%) $12 $25,910
Junior (Bottom 25%) $11 $22,200
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $19,350

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $18 $37,350
HI $17 $35,600
NY $17 $34,720
CA $17 $34,480
AZ $16 $33,050
MA $16 $32,720
WA $16 $32,480
OR $15 $30,990
CT $15 $30,360
VT $15 $30,350

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Nonrestaurant Food Server 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 Food Servers are in the states of DC, HI, NY, CA and AZ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Rail Transportation $34150 $16.42
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $33900 $16.30
Specialty Hospitals $31450 $15.12
Furniture Stores $31330 $15.06
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $31330 $15.06
State Government $30880 $14.84
Grantmaking and Giving Services $30830 $14.82
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $30070 $14.46
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $29510 $14.19
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $29070 $13.97
Offices of Physicians $29000 $13.94
Beverage Manufacturing $28860 $13.88
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $28630 $13.76
Employment Services $28470 $13.69
Rental and Leasing Services $28360 $13.63
Traveler Accommodation $28290 $13.60
Real Estate $28130 $13.52
Special Food Services $27990 $13.46
Motion Picture and Video Industries $27980 $13.45
Other Personal Services $27960 $13.44
Local Government $27950 $13.44
Child Day Care Services $27830 $13.38
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $27430 $13.19
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $27420 $13.19
Religious Organizations $27330 $13.14
Civic and Social Organizations $27230 $13.09
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $26860 $12.91
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $26820 $12.90
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $26600 $12.79
Individual and Family Services $26600 $12.79

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