Annual compensation for Hotel Waiters or Waitresses is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $28K (including $76K from bonuses and commissions). Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Hotel Waiters or Waitresses (66 percent) who took the survey are men. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to over one-half, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,942 - $153,867
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$150K
MEDIAN: $25,109
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$6.98 - $19.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$15,942 - $153,867  
   
Bonus
$0.14 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$75,000  
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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$16,004 - $78,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$6.98 - $19.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28 - $30.20  
Overtime
$4.50 - $125.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.14 - $5,051  
   
Commission
$75,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$16,004 - $78,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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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Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Tasks

  • Provide table service, taking orders, delivering food, checking in with customers, and responding to requests.
  • Addresses and resolves customer complaints and issues, relaying information to supervisors.
  • Assist guests in selecting food and beverages, providing suggestions, daily specials, and sharing recipe ingredients.
  • Places guest orders at the back of the house.
  • Serve, collect, and process tickets and payments.

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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $27K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $25K. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $31K.

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress, Hotel

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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