Most US restaurant workers make far below the national median salary

Next time you find yourself questioning how much to tip your waiter, chew on this.


May 7, 2019

Next time you find yourself questioning how much to tip your waiter, chew on this.

Business Insider recently combed restaurant worker data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program and found that all but 3 common food industry jobs make less than the median US salary of $38.6k.

The American restaurant industry employs some 10.7m people, and the average worker in this pool earns just $22,590 — more than 40% less than the national median wage.

To make matters worse, these workers are often taken advantage of by their employers: The Department of Labor has cited that 84% of restaurants violate labor standards and engage in wage theft.As one activist told Eater, “The poorest workers in America are being stolen from the most.”

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