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Food Servers, Nonrestaurant Salary Information

The salary statistics of food servers, nonrestaurant are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food servers, nonrestaurant within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food servers, nonrestaurant 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 Servers, Nonrestaurant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,320
25th Percentile Wage
$18,720
50th Percentile Wage
$21,240
75th Percentile Wage
$25,410
90th Percentile Wage
$33,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food servers, nonrestaurant. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food servers, nonrestaurant is $33,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,320. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 93% 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 servers, nonrestaurant from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201621,2403.86%7.53%
201520,4202.55%-
201419,900-0.10%-
201319,9201.41%-
201219,640--

Table 2. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food servers, nonrestaurant in 15 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 servers, nonrestaurant occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $33,640. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $19,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$33,640
Finance and Insurance
$27,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,630
Educational Services
$23,750
Manufacturing
$23,100
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,840
Federal, State, and Local Government
$21,290
Retail Trade
$20,810
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,740
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,150
Information
$19,910

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Food Servers, Nonrestaurant by States

From the above tables we note that not only food servers, nonrestaurant salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of food servers, nonrestaurant in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,950 to $29,690. The highest paying state for food servers, nonrestaurant is New York with a median annual salary of $29,690. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,950. For more salary information of food servers, nonrestaurant profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$29,690
District of Columbia
$27,540
Connecticut
$25,660
California
$24,650
North Dakota
$24,280
Hawaii
$24,180
Nevada
$24,140
South Dakota
$24,050
Minnesota
$23,750
Oregon
$23,670
Massachusetts
$23,610
Washington
$23,580
New Jersey
$22,840
Michigan
$22,630
West Virginia
$22,630
Vermont
$22,490
Colorado
$21,980
Idaho
$21,920
Rhode Island
$21,700
Maine
$21,410
Kentucky
$21,370
Maryland
$21,340
New Hampshire
$21,090
Illinois
$21,000
Indiana
$21,000
Nebraska
$20,990
Pennsylvania
$20,810
Montana
$20,510
Alaska
$20,300
Wisconsin
$20,220
Wyoming
$20,180
Delaware
$20,060
Iowa
$19,800
Ohio
$19,760
Florida
$19,720
Virginia
$19,720
Georgia
$19,240
Tennessee
$19,220
Guam
$19,210
Arizona
$19,180
Alabama
$19,120
Utah
$19,110
North Carolina
$19,070
Missouri
$18,930
South Carolina
$18,920
Oklahoma
$18,840
Virgin Islands
$18,780
Texas
$18,750
Arkansas
$18,720
Louisiana
$18,590
New Mexico
$18,460
Kansas
$18,450
Mississippi
$18,370
Puerto Rico
$17,950



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