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Servers in Minneapolis Average $28/Hour, MRA Survey Says

The Pathway to $15 campaign released the results March 27 of a wage survey that shows tipped restaurant employees in Minneapolis average $28.56 an hour based on their hourly wage and tips. The survey also showed that cooks average $13.89 an hour and that support employees make $12.64 an hour.

The average number of hours worked per week is 19.1 for tipped employees, 20.7 for support employees, and 31.2 for cooks.

“This survey proves what we as servers already know. Tipped restaurant employees in Minneapolis are making well above $15 an hour on average,” said Sarah Norton, a six-year Minneapolis server who leads Service Industry Staff for Change, in a press release. “City leaders should focus on giving a raise to the cooks and support employees while preserving the jobs and pay structure for tipped employees.”

Pathway to $15 formed earlier this year in response to the Minneapolis City Council's consideration of a $15 local minimum wage and Mayor Betsy Hodges' statements against recognizing tips as part of the total taxable income.

The survey, conducted by the Minnesota Restaurant Association, received information on wages from October 2016 from 72 Minneapolis restaurant locations from around the city such as Borough, D. Brian's Deli and Pizza Luce with a variety of service models including casual, counter service, and fine dining. They range from having zero tipped employees to having as many as 85 tipped employees. These figures cover 3,458 employees —including 1,038 cooks, 767 support employees, and 1,653 tipped employees—who collectively worked more than 319,400 hours during the month of October.

Participating restaurants were asked to separate their data into three categories: cooks, non-tipped support staff, and tipped employees. The information is based on employee wage data from October 2016 as reported to the IRS.

“Tip recognition as part of the citywide $15 minimum wage proposal is absolutely vital. The consequences of moving to $15 an hour for tipped employees without recognizing tips will hurt the multitude of servers and bartenders in this city. The result will be a reduction in working hours, fewer jobs, or the elimination of tipping altogether. Our jobs and livelihood are at stake as city leaders consider this proposal,” added Norton.

The restaurant association said the report "refutes" figures in a survey done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—and cited by Hodges—that indicated that servers earned $9.04 on average compared to cooks who average $11.71 an hour.

Below is a list of more than 100 Minneapolis restaurant locations supporting the Pathway to $15 campaign. The restaurants listed with an asterisk were participants in the wage survey.

Alibi Lounge


The Anchor Fish & Chips

Annie's Parlour


Be’Wiched Deli

Betty Danger's Country Club

Blarney Pub and Grill—Dinkytown

Blarney Pub and Grill—Downtown

Brasa Rotisserie


Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment*

Broders’ Cucina Italiana*

Broders’ Pasta Bar*

Bryant Lake Bowl*

The Bulldog Downtown*

The Bulldog Uptown*

Bull's Horn

Burger Jones: Restaurant and Cocktail Bar*

Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

Chino Latino*

Colossal Café


The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Corner Table Restaurant

Coup ďétat*

Crave – Downtown*

D. Brian's Deli and Catering- Campbell Mithun Skyway*

D. Brian's Deli and Catering- Downtown East Skyway*

D. Brian's Deli and Catering- U.S. Bank Skyway*

Darby’s Pub and Grill

Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies- Downtown

Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies- Riverside

Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies- Uptown

The Draft Horse*

The Exchange

The Freehouse*

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit*

George and the Dragon*

Greenfield Natural Kitchen- Skyway #1

Greenfield Natural Kitchen- Skyway #2

Hola Arepa*

Hot Indian Foods

Howe Daily Kitchen and Bar*

J.D. Hoyt’s Supper Club

Jax Café

Keegan’s Irish Pub

Kieran’s Irish Pub*

Kitchen in the Market

Kitty Cat Klub


The Living Room

The Local*

Longfellow Grill*

The Loop*

The Lowbrow

The Lowry*

Lyon’s Pub

The Malt Shop*

Manny’s Steakhouse*

Marin Restaurant and Bar

Mercado by Earl Giles

Mercury Dining Room and Rail

Milkjam Creamery


The Monte Carlo Restaurant


Muse Event Center

MyBurger Calhoun

MyBurger Skyway

MyBurger Stadium Village

N.E. Yacht Club

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub*

Parkway Pizza


Pat's Tap*


Pizza Luce Downtown*

Pizza Luce Seward/University*

Pizza Luce Uptown*

Pizzeria Lola*

The Pourhouse

Pracna on Main

Prohibition Bar

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

The Rabbit Hole*

Rainbow Restaurant & Bar

Red Cow- North Loop*

Red Cow- 50th St*

Red Rabbit

Red Savoy's Pizza- Minneapolis

Red Savoy's Pizza- Uptown

Red Stag Supperclub*

REV Ultra Lounge

Revival- Minneapolis


The Saloon*



Shindig Event Center


St. Anthony Main Theatre

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room*

Stanley’s on Wheels Food Truck


Tinto Cocina + Cantina

Tiny Diner*


Urban Eatery

Victor's 1959 Cafe

World Street Kitchen- Food Truck

World Street Kitchen-Restaurant*

Young Joni

Zen Box Izakaya*

5-8 Club – Minneapolis*

508 Restaurant and Bar*

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