The average wage for a Waiter/Waitress is AU$15.04 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career.
Waiter/Waitress Total Pay (?
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AU$12,365 - AU$49,339
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MEDIAN: AU$32,445
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Waiter/Waitress Total Pay (?
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AU$10.09 - AU$20.05
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MEDIAN: AU$15.00
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National Salary Data

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AU$0AU$17KAU$34KAU$51K
Salary
AU$12,365 - AU$49,339  
   
Bonus
AU$0.00 - AU$204.37  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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AU$21,010 - AU$42,388  
PayScale
Country: Australia | Currency: AUD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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AU$0AU$9AU$18AU$27
Hourly Rate
AU$10.09 - AU$20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
AU$0.16 - AU$3.90  
Overtime
AU$0.00 - AU$24.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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AU$0AU$18KAU$36KAU$54K
Bonus
AU$0.00 - AU$204.37  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
AU$21,010 - AU$42,388  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: AUD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,303
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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Cairns
up arrow 12%
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Townsville
up arrow 9%
Newcastle
up arrow 8%
Maroochydore
up arrow 6%
Gold Coast
up arrow 2%
Adelaide
up arrow 1%
Geelong
up arrow 1%
0%
National Average
AU$32,000
Wollongong
up arrow 2%
Canberra
up arrow 3%
Brisbane
up arrow 4%
Bendigo
up arrow 12%
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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%
National Average
AU$32,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 2% dental benefits Dental: %
vision benefits Vision: % employee benefits None: 98%
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