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Average Dishwasher Salary Nationwide

Hourly salary range
By States
Range: $10.25/hr - $12.06/hr
Average Salary: $11.15/hr

Overview and Basic Information


Dishwashers are an extremely important part of a restaurant team. In addition to cleaning up all of the dirty plates, silverware and glassware, they keep the back of the kitchen tidy and sanitary. There’s no doubt about it, without a dishwasher, restaurants would be out of operation.

Example dishwasher job description

Our busy restaurant is seeking a hardworking, detail-oriented individual to fill the open dishwasher position. Daily, the dishwasher will work to ensure that all of the equipment and dishware are ready to serve customers. The dishwasher will work alongside the kitchen staff and waitstaff to keep the restaurant operational and up to the health code. If you’re a team player who likes to get stuff done and is dedicated to cleanliness, this job is for you! 

Typical duties include:

  • Operate dishwashing machine to maintain a steady inventory of clean dishware and flatware for restaurant staff

  • Monitor sanitation stations and work areas for cleanliness

  • Keep an inventory of all cleaning supplies

  • Assist with cleaning duties such as sweeping and mopping

  • Help unload food and restaurant material deliveries

  • Clean appliances such as mixers, blenders and coffee makers

  • Clean all kitchen items including pots, pans, utensils and knives

  • Take out trash and recycling and clean garbage cans

  • Keep a detailed log of activities and any code violations


  • Ability to stay organized and on task

  • Ability to stand on feet for many hours at a time

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

  • Communication and problem-solving skills

  • Time management skills

  • Ability to take critique and learn on the job

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous work experience

  • High school diploma or GED

Common questions about dishwasher jobs

How much does a dishwasher make?

The average dishwasher pay is $10.34 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

There are no education requirements for most dishwasher positions but some employers prefer dishwashers have a high school diploma or GED.

Career paths for dishwashers

There are many opportunities for dishwashers in the restaurant industry. Some dishwashers move on and become waitstaff, line cooks or baker’s assistants.

The future of dishwashers

There will always be jobs for dishwashers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dishwasher jobs are expected to grow by 14% over the next ten year, which is faster than most positions.

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