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Career Profile: Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 251,300 people employed as food servers, nonrestaurant in the United States. The median annual salary is $25,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $19,350 per year and senior employees earn approximately $37,910 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Load trays with accessories, such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.
  • Take food orders and relay orders to kitchens or serving counters so they can be filled.
  • Monitor food preparation or serving techniques to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Place food servings on plates or trays according to orders or instructions.
  • Clean or sterilize dishes, kitchen utensils, equipment, or facilities.
  • Monitor food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.
  • Examine trays to ensure that they contain required items.
  • Prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, or beverages.
  • Determine where patients or patrons would like to eat their meals and help them get situated.
  • Total checks, present them to customers, and accept payment for services.
  • Remove trays and stack dishes for return to kitchen after meals are finished.
  • Carry food, silverware, or linen on trays or use carts to carry trays.
  • Record amounts and types of special food items served to customers.
  • Stock service stations with items, such as ice, napkins, or straws.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
251,300
Annual Openings:
45,700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
14%
Annual Salary Range:
$19,350 - $37,910
Education Requirements:
Some high school