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All About Food Servers

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

Life As a Food Server

  • Determine where patients or patrons would like to eat their meals and help them get situated.
  • Prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, or beverages.
  • Stock service stations with items, such as ice, napkins, or straws.
  • 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.
  • Remove trays and stack dishes for return to kitchen after meals are finished.

What Every Food Server Should Know

Food Servers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Food Server Jobs

  • Room Service Food Server
  • Tray Service Worker
  • Server
  • Line Server
  • Diet Attendant

Is There Going to be Demand for Food Servers?

In the United States, there were 263,800 jobs for Food Server in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 26,900 new jobs for Food Server by 2026. There will be an estimated 43,100 positions for Food Server per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Food Server are Utah, Arizona, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, District of Columbia, or Connecticut. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Food Server

The typical yearly salary for Food Servers is somewhere between $18,030 and $35,150.

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Food Servers who work in Hawaii, New York, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Food Servers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $21,550
Alaska $29,780
Arizona $27,320
Arkansas $20,560
California $30,350
Colorado $26,730
Connecticut $28,690
Delaware $24,700
District of Columbia $32,740
Florida $22,570
Georgia $22,020
Hawaii $38,480
Idaho $23,740
Illinois $24,450
Indiana $23,050
Iowa $23,870
Kansas $20,390
Kentucky $22,370
Louisiana $20,860
Maine $24,230
Maryland $24,730
Massachusetts $29,210
Michigan $25,220
Minnesota $27,660
Mississippi $19,330
Missouri $22,120
Montana $22,340
Nebraska $23,330
Nevada $25,570
New Hampshire $23,530
New Jersey $25,190
New Mexico $20,530
New York $32,500
North Carolina $21,180
North Dakota $27,500
Ohio $22,370
Oklahoma $21,450
Oregon $27,380
Pennsylvania $23,250
Rhode Island $25,880
South Carolina $21,750
South Dakota $26,930
Tennessee $21,830
Texas $21,170
Utah $24,950
Vermont $30,970
Virginia $22,210
Washington $27,040
West Virginia $22,190
Wisconsin $22,160
Wyoming $22,410

What Tools & Technology do Food Servers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Food Servers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Point of sale POS software
  • CBORD Nutrition Service Suite

How do I Become a Food Server?

Learn what Food Server education requirements there are.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Food Server?

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Where Food Servers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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