Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
SOC: 35-3041.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
253,100 employed

Projected (2024):
287,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Boat Hop
  • Car Attendant
  • Car Hop
  • Cotton Candy Maker
  • Curb Attendant
  • Curb Hop
  • Curber
  • Diet Aid
  • Diet Aide
  • Diet Attendant
  • Dietary Aid
  • Dietary Aide
  • Dietary Assistant
  • Dietary Service Aide
  • Dietary Worker
  • Dining Room Coordinator
  • Dining Room Server
  • Food Cart Attendant
  • Food Order Delivery Runner
  • Food Porter
  • Food Runner
  • Food Service Aide
  • Food Service Assistant
  • Food Service Attendant
  • Food Service Hotel Runner
  • Food Service Tray Attendant
  • Food Service Worker
  • Hospital Food Service Worker
  • Hospital Tray Service Worker
  • Hot Dog Vendor
  • Hot Tamale Man
  • Hot Tamale Worker
  • Line Server
  • Outside Food Server
  • Room Attendant
  • Room Server
  • Room Service Bellhop
  • Room Service Clerk
  • Room Service Food Server
  • Room Service Food Service Attendant
  • Room Service Server
  • Room Service Waiter/Waitress
  • Server
  • Teletray Operator
  • Tray Server
  • Tray Service Worker

  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed


    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Monitor food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.
  • Clean or sterilize dishes, kitchen utensils, equipment, or facilities.
  • Examine trays to ensure that they contain required items.
  • Place food servings on plates or trays according to orders or instructions.
  • Load trays with accessories such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.
  • Take food orders and relay orders to kitchens or serving counters so they can be filled.
  • Stock service stations with items such as ice, napkins, or straws.
  • Remove trays and stack dishes for return to kitchen after meals are finished.
  • Prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, or beverages.
  • Monitor food preparation or serving techniques to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Carry food, silverware, or linen on trays or use carts to carry trays.
  • Determine where patients or patrons would like to eat their meals and help them get situated.
  • Record amounts and types of special food items served to customers.
  • Total checks, present them to customers, and accept payment for services.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Blenders
  • Carbonated beverage dispensers
  • Carving knives
  • Chefs' knives
  • Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial dishwashers
  • Commercial glasswashers
  • Desktop computers
  • Ice-making machines
  • Juice dispensers
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Slicing machines
  • Steam tables
  • Toasters
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Capital Codeworks MenuMax
  • CBORD Nutrition Service Suite
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Picis CareSuite Dietary Manager
  • Point of sale POS software

  • food preparation and serving related

    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850