Salary for Nonrestaurant Food Servers

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Food servers working in a non-restaurant environment are charged with the responsibility of delivering food to clients who have ordered meals in places such as hotel rooms, care centers, hospital rooms or vehicles. They work diligently to ensure that all items are accounted for before delivery. Additionally, they take and receive orders that are passed onto the kitchen staff for preparation. They are expected to stock necessary kitchen utensils such as straws, napkins and ice as well. They remove trays from rooms once the guest is finished. They may also monitor food preparation techniques and cleaning methods. A high school diploma is often required for employment in this field.

A Nonrestaurant Food Server can receive salaries ranging between $19,350 and $37,910 depending on experience and education levels. Food Servers can expect a salary of twenty-seven thousand four hundred and sixty dollars on an annual basis.

Food Servers are paid most highly in District of Columbia, where they earn compensation, on average, of approximately $37,350. People working these jobs can get the best compensation in Finance and Insurance, which has wages of $33,570.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.08 percent nationwide in that time.


Nonrestaurant Food Servers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services