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Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salary

The average Hotel Waiter or Waitress in the United States earns approximately $8.33 per hour. The majority of Hotel Waiters or Waitresses claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — around two in five — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,710 - $79,463
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$79K
MEDIAN: $31,461
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90%

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$6.94 - $15.21
(Median)
$6
$8
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$17,710 - $79,463  
   
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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$15,800 - $58,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$6.94 - $15.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.99 - $18.88  
Overtime
$1.79 - $29.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$15,800 - $58,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $24K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $24K on average. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Hotel Waiters or Waitresses report making only $31K on average.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 60%

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 40%