Server Job Overview and Description

According to the BLS, the employment of servers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.
Because dining out is a popular activity for people, and due to the large number of servers who leave the occupation each year, job prospects continue to look good.


What is a Server?

Servers take orders and serve food and beverages in dining establishments. Many of their responsibilities include greeting customers, presenting menus, and answering question about the items on the menu. Servers also prepare drinks and garnishes, carry trays of food from the kitchen to the dining room, set up dining halls, stock service areas, and prepare itemized checks and process payments.


Server Job Overview?

Servers spend most of their time on their feet and often carry heavy trays of food to and from the kitchen. The work can be hectic and fast paced. Server shifts typically experience busy periods where a server will need to serve customers quickly and efficiently. They must work as a team with the kitchen and bar staff to ensure prompt service.

Server appearance is important as they serve as the front-line of customer service. Servers may be required to wear uniforms.

Half of all servers work part-time. Servers may also work seasonally for a few months. Server schedules vary widely, depending on the restaurant’s hours of operation. Many work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.


What type of education do you need to be a Server?

No formal education is required to become a server.

Most servers learn through on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees will typically shadow a more experienced server.


What is a typical Server salary?

Many servers make their earnings through the combination of tips and hourly wages. Earnings vary greatly. Depending on the establishment or locality. Servers at upscale establishments typically earn high tips.

According to the BLS, the median hourly wage for servers is around $10.47.


What are Server job requirements?

Servers require physical stamina and strength as they will be spending most of their time on their feet and lifting heavy trays or materials that can weigh up to 50 pounds. Servers must have excellent organizational and Detail-oriented skills as they must handle multiple tables and must be able to prioritize tasks. Customer service skills is also necessary since servers handle almost all customer interactions.


Where can you find a Server job listing?

You can search for a server job listing through websites like CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, SimplyHired, and JobsInEachState.com. You can also check your local papers or do a general web search for your area for server jobs. Many applicants can get server jobs by physically visiting the location that they wish to work at and fill out an application.

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  • Server

    Posted: 5 days ago Stevens Point, WI, USA

    Responsibilities Start your culinary career as a dining room server at Brookdale! Unlike the hustle and bustle of standard restaurants, our waiters and waitresses deliver meals to seniors and guests ...

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  • Server / Waitstaff - 1247

    Posted: 3 hours ago West Lake Hills, TX, USA

    Part Time Server $13.25/hr IMMEDIATELY HIRING - JOIN OUR FAMILY, YOU'LL WANT TO STAY! As a healthcare worker, whether you're taking orders & serving guests meals in our on-site restaurant, working as ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Belmont Village
    • Salary Type: hourly
    • Salary Annual Range: $26,500.00 - $26,500.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 5 days ago Metairie, LA, USA

    Promotion opportunities, as far as you want to go What you'll do As a server, you will: * Create awesome, memorable experiences for every guest * Become a menu expert and help guests make menu ...

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  • Server

    Posted: 8 days ago North Las Vegas, NV, USA

    US-NV-N Las Vegas The Server performs guest service in the dining room by making sure that all dining room guests are seated at clean and properly set up tables, that all guests receive prompt ...

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  • FOH - Host Server

    Posted: 8 days ago Oakland, CA, USA

    ... server, bar tender ...etc and really want to develop this career with great products and team. You love to introduce awsome food to customers * work/worked as line cook or prep cook, but have high ...

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  • Server for upscale Italian Restaurant

    Posted: 4 days ago San Anselmo, CA, USA

    Our upscale Italian restaurant is looking for an experienced server to add to our small team. Qualifications: * Two years upscale restaurant experience * passionate knowledge of Italian wines and ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Poached
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $21,469.00 - $32,494.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 5 hours ago Arlington, TX, USA

    A TGI Fridays Server (W/W) possesses a passion for service, is knowledgeable of menu items, and is prepared to proactively customize the dining experience to the guests' expectations. Specific ...

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  • Server

    Posted: 1 month ago Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Hi, we're looking for a great Server to join our team at The Waffle. The area we're in is getting much more active and we are looking for someone with a positive attitude and a good work ethic to ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: The Waffle
    • Salary Type: hourly
    • Salary Annual Range: $28,500.00 - $28,500.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 5 hours ago Mesquite, TX, USA

    As a server, you truly care about providing a memorable and hospitable experience. You are welcoming and accommodating with the ability to educate our patrons and guide their experience to create ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Chicken Express
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $17,277.00 - $26,149.00
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  • Server

    Posted: yesterday Seattle, WA, USA

    We are currently hiring a part-time Server to join our Dining Service team. Why Skyline? * Work/Life Balance: We have multiple shifts and flexible schedules * Excellent benefits: Take advantage of ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Skyline
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $20,080.00 - $30,391.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 12 hours ago Dallas, TX, USA

    As a server, you truly care about providing a memorable and hospitable experience. You are welcoming and accommodating with the ability to educate our patrons and guide their experience to create ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Bubala Cafe & Grill
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $17,602.00 - $26,641.00
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  • Server / Service Bartender

    Posted: 1 month ago Newport Beach, CA, USA

    Server/Service Bartender positions are available. * Previous experience not required; In depth training provided from the outset. * Competitive compensation, ($12/Hr) * Medical/dental benefits are ...

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  • Server

    Posted: 6 months ago Rockwall, TX, USA

    US-TX-Rockwall A server at Cracker Barrel will enjoy a fast-paced, family-friendly environment, where we treat every guest as a guest in our own home. We value what you bring to the table--and we do ...

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  • Dinner Server needed to complete the Best Japanese/Sushi Team in downtown Louisville, CO.

    Posted: 11 days ago Louisville, CO, USA

    Need a server on Dinner shifts T - Sun who can follow directions correctly and serve great and loyal customers with professional manners. Must have high responsibility consciousness. Responsibilities ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Sushi Yoshi
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $24,833.00 - $56,619.00
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  • Server (Full Time)

    Posted: 20 hours ago Saint Paul, MN, USA

    Save Our Johanna Shores community is seeking Part Time Servers / Dietary Aides / Dining Aides / Culinary Assistants to join our team. Full-Time schedules have great benefit options and usually ...

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  • Server

    Posted: yesterday Chanhassen, MN, USA

    Our SummerWood of Chanhassen community is seeking Part Time Servers / Dietary Aides / Dining Aides / Culinary Assistants to join our team. This position may include working every other weekend and ...

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  • Server

    Posted: 3 days ago Chicago, IL, USA

    High-volume bar restaurant in the West Loop is seeking experienced Server. Familiarity with agave-based spirits and Mexican cuisine is highly desirable or an interest in learning more. The perfect ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: La Josie
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $18,938.00 - $28,663.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 2 days ago Bradley, IL, USA

    As a Server, your responsibilities would include: • WOWing guests and providing legendary service • Showing excitement and enthusiasm • Demonstrating great salesmanship • Following steps of ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Texas Roadhouse
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $18,141.00 - $27,457.00
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  • Food Server ($500 Signing Bonus)

    Posted: yesterday Bellevue, WA, USA

    Era Living is seeking part-time Food Servers to become the newest members of our Dining Services team located in our Gardens at Town Square Community, Bellevue, WA. Competitive Compensation and a ...

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  • Server Assistant

    Posted: 8 days ago Wayzata, MN, USA

    SERVER ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION Server Assistants are the eyes and ears of the kitchen, and are expected to communicate important information between the expeditor and service team on the floor

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Bellecour
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $20,025.00 - $27,535.00
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  • Restaurant Server FT & PT

    Posted: yesterday Saint Charles, MO, USA

    Essential Job Functions The Restaurant Server is responsible for the flow of service from the kitchen to ensure all residents receive their preferences in both food and beverages. Assist residents ...

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  • Now Hiring! Server & Bartender AM/PM Shifts

    Posted: yesterday Seattle, WA, USA

    Most employees get cross trained to do several different jobs but currently looking for Servers and Bartenders (must be old enough to pour and serve alcohol). ***Must commit to work until September ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Agua Verde Cafe
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $26,592.00 - $38,532.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 7 days ago Wayzata, MN, USA

    Servers are responsible for leading and maintaining the communication between the entire service team, while also being the primary presence at the table. They must be able to delegate and prioritize ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Bellecour
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $18,523.00 - $28,036.00
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  • Server

    Posted: 21 days ago Seattle, WA, USA

    Server Position Summary: The wait staff performs table service for dining room and banquet/catering events. This position serves foods in friendly, professional and efficient manner. In addition, the ...

    • Industry: Food
    • Hiring Company: Cogir
    • Salary Type: yearly
    • Salary Annual Range: $20,080.00 - $30,391.00
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  • Restaurant Server (full- & part-time)

    Posted: 12 days ago West Palm Beach, FL, USA

    The ideal candidate to apply is an individual passionate about service and driven by growth: Additionally, s/he must enjoy working in a fast-paced, demanding--yet exciting environment. Read on for ...

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