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Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salary

Hotel Waiters or Waitresses in the United States take home an average $8.18 per hour. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Hotel Waiters or Waitresses making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Hotel Waiters or Waitresses is high. While about two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well.
$17,512 - $78,297
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MEDIAN: $31,461
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$6.18 - $14.21
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$17,512 - $78,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
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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$14,021 - $57,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$6.18 - $14.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00 - $16.67  
Overtime
$1.70 - $20.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
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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$14,021 - $57,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress, Hotel

A waiter/waitress who works in a hotel generally serves food and/or drinks to the hotel's patrons. A hotel's waiter/waitress job typically includes seating customers, giving them menu suggestions, taking their food and drink orders, delivering the food and preparing the bill for it. A college or advanced degree is generally not required for this type of position; many waiters/waitresses only have a high school diploma or GED. There may, however, be an age restriction for applicants who apply for this kind of job if the establishment serves alcoholic beverages. Regardless, the waiter/waitress should be proficient in math, be able to run a cash register, have good people skills and legible hand writing. This job can be demanding both physically and mentally demanding due to the heavy lifting, long hours that are often required, the need to be on one's feet most of the time and the large amount of walking that's inherent in a restaurant or bar setting.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress, Hotel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $24K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $31K.

Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 58%

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 40%