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