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Food and Beverage Serving Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of food and beverage serving workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of food and beverage serving workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food and beverage serving workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food and beverage serving workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Food and Beverage Serving Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,140
25th Percentile Wage
$18,590
50th Percentile Wage
$20,500
75th Percentile Wage
$24,540
90th Percentile Wage
$32,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food and beverage serving workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food and beverage serving workers is $32,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,140. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 88% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food and beverage serving workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,500
3.66% 9.95%
2016
$19,750
3.24% -
2015
$19,110
2.51% -
2014
$18,630
0.54% -
2013
$18,530
0.38% -
2012
$18,460
- -

Table 2. Food and Beverage Serving Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food and beverage serving workers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food and beverage serving workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $24,530. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $20,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$24,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,360
Mining
$24,350
Finance and Insurance
$23,900
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,550
Educational Services
$23,250
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,890
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,400
Retail Trade
$22,260
Manufacturing
$22,210
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$21,730
Wholesale Trade
$21,440
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$20,840
Construction
$20,820
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,380
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,280
Information
$20,180

Table 3. Salaries of Food and Beverage Serving Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of food and beverage serving worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Fast Food and Counter Workers
$20,240
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
$19,360
Bartenders
$19,180
Waiters and Waitresses
$18,760
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
$18,070
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
$17,980



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