There are currently an estimated 2,600,500 food servers in the United States. The food server job market is expected to grow by 7.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are food servers?

CareerExplorer rates food servers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 193,800 food servers. That number is based on 182,500 additional food servers, and the retirement of 11,300 existing food servers.

What’s the supply of food servers?

The food server industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Food Server job market by state

State Name Employed Food Servers
California 285,470
Texas 217,390
Florida 216,260
New York 161,720
Pennsylvania 98,000
Ohio 96,160
Illinois 88,730
Georgia 82,860
Michigan 81,030
North Carolina 80,650
Virginia 74,250
Massachusetts 64,520
New Jersey 61,700
Tennessee 52,580
Washington 51,670
Indiana 51,080
Arizona 50,850
Colorado 50,270
Minnesota 50,180
Missouri 46,080
Wisconsin 42,960
Maryland 41,630
Nevada 41,250
Louisiana 37,860
South Carolina 36,370
Oregon 33,480
Alabama 32,570
Kentucky 30,600
Connecticut 29,760
Oklahoma 29,710
Iowa 24,230
Kansas 22,180
Mississippi 19,590
Arkansas 17,870
Utah 17,720
Hawaii 17,590
New Mexico 17,050
Nebraska 15,640
Maine 12,900
New Hampshire 12,840
Idaho 12,150
Puerto Rico 12,110
West Virginia 12,090
Rhode Island 10,160
Montana 9,880
District of Columbia 8,440
South Dakota 7,550
Delaware 7,500
North Dakota 6,720
Vermont 5,270
Wyoming 5,180
Alaska 3,980
Guam 1,730
Virgin Islands 1,340