A few interesting facts and statistics about the service industry, some of which may be surprising, others validating, and possibly even eye-opening!


  • The service industry is responsible for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s GDP, 4 percent of which is contributed by restaurant sales alone.
  • In 2013, the service industry added $3.35 trillion to the national GDP.
  • Total industry sales for 2014 increased 4 percent as compared to 2013.
  • In fact, the service industry recorded the strongest sales volume on record in December 2014, as well as the eighth consecutive monthly increase, totalling $49.6 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis.


  • The service industry is the world’s fastest growing industry, adding one new job every 2.5 seconds.
  • Job growth within the industry has outpaced U.S. national job growth for 15 years running.
  • In the last five years, the service industry has added 3 million jobs.
  • In total, the service industry is responsible for more than 25 percent of all private sector jobs within the U.S.


  • The majority of entry level restaurant employees receive a pay raise within the first 6 months of starting the job.
  • 9 out of every 10 restaurant managers, supervisors, and chefs started their careers in an entry level position within the service industry.
  • 8 out of every 10 restaurant owners, too.

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