Food server earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Food server salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $26,480
Alabama $18,480
Arkansas $17,867
Arizona $21,125
California $28,387
Colorado $21,230
Connecticut $29,033
District of Columbia $30,240
Delaware $20,150
Florida $24,088
Georgia $20,074
Guam $19,120
Hawaii $52,110
Iowa $21,367
Idaho $20,780
Illinois $21,938
Indiana $22,875
Kansas $21,198
Kentucky $19,450
Louisiana $20,839
Massachusetts $27,020
Maryland $23,410
Maine $27,550
Michigan $24,109
Minnesota $22,360
Missouri $23,333
Mississippi $18,760
Montana $20,990
North Carolina $21,718
North Dakota $18,720
Nebraska $25,610
New Hampshire $24,850
New Jersey $27,530
New Mexico $18,740
Nevada $24,980
New York $31,534
Ohio $21,512
Oklahoma $19,609
Oregon $28,749
Pennsylvania $24,175
Puerto Rico $18,040
Rhode Island $23,980
South Carolina $18,500
South Dakota $20,010
Tennessee $18,444
Texas $22,465
Utah $20,590
Virginia $20,030
Virgin Islands $20,380
Vermont $31,880
Washington $27,720
Wisconsin $19,590
West Virginia $20,080
Wyoming $19,100

How do food server salaries compare to similar careers?

Food servers earn about the same as related careers in Massachusetts. On average, they make less than restaurant cooks but more than bartenders.

Career Median Salary
Restaurant cook salary $32K
Florist salary $33K
Food batchmaker salary $31K
Courier salary $31K
Housekeeping cleaner salary $30K
Food server salary $27K
Vehicle cleaner salary $28K
Stock clerk salary $28K
Shoemaker salary $28K
Bartender salary $26K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)