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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food and beverage serving workers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
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|| |
|Food Servers, Nonrestaurant|| |
|Waiters and Waitresses|| |
|Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food|| |
|Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop|| |