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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,980
25th Percentile Wage
$18,230
50th Percentile Wage
$19,750
75th Percentile Wage
$23,690
90th Percentile Wage
$31,250

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 $31,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,980. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 84% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of food and beverage serving workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,7503.24%6.53%
201519,1102.51%-
201418,6300.54%-
201318,5300.38%-
201218,460--

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 mining sector with an annual salary $24,260. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $19,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$24,260
Federal, State, and Local Government
$23,840
Finance and Insurance
$23,570
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,350
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,400
Educational Services
$22,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,880
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,800
Retail Trade
$21,220
Manufacturing
$20,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,630
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$20,210
Wholesale Trade
$20,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$19,690
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,600
Information
$19,300
Construction
$19,190

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
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
$21,240
Bartenders
$20,800
Waiters and Waitresses
$19,990
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
$19,970
Fast Food and Counter Workers
$19,500
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
$19,440


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