The average wage for a Waiter/Waitress is AU$15.84 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, 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.

AU$11,888 - AU$49,477
AU$12K
AU$37K
AU$49K
MEDIAN: AU$36,761
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AU$10.78 - AU$21.63
AU$11
AU$16
AU$22
MEDIAN: AU$15.84
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National Salary Data (?
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AU$0AU$17KAU$34KAU$51K
Salary
AU$11,888 - AU$49,477  
   
Bonus
AU$101.00  
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$22,179 - AU$45,909  
Country: Australia | Currency: AUD | Updated: 24 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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AU$0AU$10AU$20AU$30
Hourly Rate
AU$10.78 - AU$21.63  
   
Hourly Tips
AU$0.00 - AU$2.77  
Overtime
AU$1.45 - AU$27.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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AU$0AU$20KAU$40KAU$60K
Bonus
AU$101.00  
   
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$22,179 - AU$45,909  
Country: United States | Currency: AUD | Updated: 24 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,483

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress

Pay by Experience for a Waiter/Waitress has a positive trend. An entry-level Waiter/Waitress with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,386 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Waiter/Waitress with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 228 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 87 salaries. A Waiter/Waitress with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$33,492

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Waiter/Waitress Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Waiter/Waitress?

Waiter/Waitress in Beechworth:
Pros: I enjoy taking orders and receiving feedback to take to the chef when I clear the persons table. It's rewarding when there are nice customers and you feel like they appreciate your work.
Cons: Rude people often make my shift unenjoyable. The kitchen has never offered me any food and I don't get any breaks on 6 hour shifts for example.

Waiter/Waitress in Darwin:
"Fun Environment."
Pros: Everyone is really nice and it's really a great environment to work in. We all help each other when we can and we get some good perks, like free drinks and discounted meals.
Cons: It's always very busy and can end up being a very late night, which is difficult if you have to get up for school the next morning.

Waiter/Waitress in Townsville:
"Stressful."
Pros: I like making people smile and doing little things that change their mood or even their day around. Also the flexed the hours are amazing.
Cons: Customers that are rude and inconsiderate. And having to clean up after people that were rude to me.

Waiter/Waitress in Canberra:
"Working At Max Brenner."
Pros: It's a nice, friendly environment. I enjoy chatting with my colleagues, and serving customers. It isn't a traditional cafe, so the unusual utensils allow us to engage more with the customers. There are also various roles, such as shop and desserts.
Cons: Under staffing and high employee turnover rate.

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

▲25%

▲21%

National Average
AU$33,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 96%