Learn about the types of people who become food servers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

33% of food servers work in full-time roles while 67% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a food server. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming food servers at a ratio of 1.06 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

73% of food servers are female and 27% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a food server and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a food server and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a food server than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of food servers are White, making up 69% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 9% and 6% respectively.