A New Restaurant Menu: PayScale Announces Food Worker Tipping Report

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PayScale's Restaurant Report: The Agony and Ecstasy of Food Service serves up new data about the State of the Restaurant Worker, including typical education experience, stress level and salary

PayScale, Inc., the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, today announced the publication of its new report: PayScale¹s Restaurant Report: The Agony and Ecstasy of Food Service Workers.

PayScale¹s Restaurant Report: The Agony and Ecstasy of Food Service includes pay data derived from 15,000 unique user profiles collected between 1/1/2013 and 1/1/2015 and analysis of that data based on the following categories:

Job Title
Gender
Jobs and Metropolitan Areas

The full guide can be found here: http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/restaurant-report

“The typical food service worker (overall) has a GED or High School Diploma, works part time, and earns a typical total hourly income of $13.20. Twenty-five percent of their total income comes from tips,” said Katie Bardaro, Lead Economist, PayScale. “So while it’s something we have long known – tips are crucial to restaurant workers – we may not realize the extent that your servers' and bartenders' total salary is reliant on tips. The next time you dine out, remember how much your tips really matter to the workers bringing you food and drink.”

Highlights from PayScale¹s Restaurant Report: The Agony and Ecstasy of Food Service include:

  • Perhaps due to relatively high stress (only 32 percent of workers overall report low stress on the job), only 39 percent of all food service workers report high job meaning, but 59 percent report high job satisfaction.
  • Although men working in food service report working more hours each week (34.30 for men versus 30.70 for women), women report receiving tips "Frequently" while men report receiving tips only "Occasionally."
  • Bartenders in San Francisco report earning the most tips per hour ($15.50). When combined with their median base pay of $11.00 per hour, they also net the highest overall total pay ($26.50 per hour).
  • Despite having a notoriously high cost of living, Bartenders in New York only report earning $7.10 in tips per hour.
  • Chefs and Cooks are not tipped as often as Waiters, Waitresses and Bartenders, but in some metro areas, like Portland and San Diego, tips can account for up to 10 percent of their total income.

Adds Bardaro: “When it comes to economics or art or culture, it is always interesting to compare New York City and San Francisco. Both cities – as we know – have high costs of living, but San Franciscans tip generously, especially for drinks. Bartenders report $15.50 per hour in tips, while NYC barkeeps report the lowest hourly tips (only $7.10 per hour).”

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