Food server earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Food server salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Washington $36,640
Arizona $36,330
District of Columbia $34,880
Massachusetts $33,840
Maine $30,860
California $30,270
New York $30,250
Oregon $28,900
New Jersey $28,800
Michigan $28,700
Vermont $28,690
Connecticut $28,560
Hawaii $28,380
Colorado $27,370
Rhode Island $26,120
Minnesota $25,920
New Hampshire $25,460
Maryland $25,000
Alaska $24,070
Virginia $23,930
Pennsylvania $23,690
Virgin Islands, U.S. $23,440
South Dakota $23,040
Delaware $22,920
Arkansas $22,880
Illinois $22,880
North Dakota $22,730
Missouri $22,590
Utah $22,460
Florida $22,290
Indiana $22,040
West Virginia $22,010
New Mexico $21,840
Wisconsin $21,470
Nebraska $21,340
Nevada $21,240
Iowa $21,100
Texas $20,880
Ohio $20,530
Montana $20,200
Idaho $19,910
Guam $19,650
Kentucky $18,840
Wyoming $18,840
Kansas $18,780
Oklahoma $18,670
Georgia $18,520
North Carolina $18,480
Louisiana $18,270
South Carolina $18,240
Tennessee $18,230
Alabama $18,120
Puerto Rico $18,090
Mississippi $17,730

How do food server salaries compare to similar careers?

Food servers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than sewers but more than amusement attendants.

Career Median Salary
Sewer salary $30K
Vehicle cleaner salary $29K
Nail technician salary $29K
Bartender salary $26K
Housekeeper salary $29K
Food server salary $26K
Food preparation worker salary $29K
Lifeguard salary $26K
Cashier salary $27K
Amusement attendant salary $24K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)