Waiter/Waitress Salary

The average wage for a Waiter/Waitress is $5.09 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$8,285 - $46,991
$8K
$24K
$47K
MEDIAN: $23,607
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$2.23 - $10.50
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$5
$10
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$0$46K
Salary $8,285 - $46,991
Bonus $0.00 - $6,566
Commission $1,000
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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$9,116 - $37,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 372
Hourly Data $0$17
Hourly Rate $2.23 - $10.50
Hourly Tips $1.00 - $16.31
Overtime $3.91 - $17.99
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,566
Commission $1,000
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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$9,116 - $37,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,325

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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress

The job responsibilities of a waiter can vary depending upon the type of establishment in which they are employed. However, no matter what their specific job duties may be, there are a few skills that are universal and must be followed at all times. A few of those skills include kindness, punctuality, multitasking, and the ability to take directions clearly. A waiter or waitress shoulders a large responsibility when it comes to the reputation of a specific restaurant, as one poor performance could leave a group of customers unsatisfied and thus unwilling to visit the establishment in the future. Waiters and waitresses have a wide variety of tasks to perform during their work shift, including checking customers' identification to ensure that they are of legal age to consume alcohol. Furthermore, waiters and waitresses must write down, memorize, and properly deliver sometimes complex orders for the kitchen staff to ensure that customers are getting the exact orders that they ask for. They also must seat customers upon entering the restaurant, and then memorize their seating location and be prepared to attend to them throughout their visit. It is also important that a waiter or waitress have a great deal of knowledge of the menu which the customer is ordering from. This will ensure that the waiter or waitress will be prepared to answer any questions or concerns that a customer may have in regard to any item that he or she may be interested in.


Waiter/Waitress Tasks

  • Maintain table appearance by pre-bussing, check drink levels and remove clutter.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.
  • Present check for payment and provides change as needed.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.

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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 $19,000 based on 1,256 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 $24,000 based on 358 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 238 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 $25,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,132

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Waiter/Waitress Reviews

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

Waiter/Waitress in Independence:
"It's okay."
Pros: I really like talking to the customers face to face, it's one of my favorite things to do. Greet a customer, talk to them. It's fun.
Cons: Sometimes the customers can be pretty rude, but it's part of the job so it doesn't really bug me. Having to do most of the work while others just stand around gets kind of annoying too.

Waiter/Waitress in Kingman:
Pros: My coworkers.
Cons: My boss is very rude.

Waiter/Waitress in Morton:
"It sucks. The pay is low, customers are rude, etc."
Pros: I can make people laugh very simply.
Cons: The customers can be rude and the tip system is the worst.

Waiter/Waitress in Dubai:
"Very challenging."
Pros: Having fun to the guest ang giving them an exelent service.
Cons: Guest complaints about the food quality.

Waiter/Waitress in Knoxville:
Pros: The employees and the customers. The food n taking care of people.
Cons: The amount of pay givin. Lack of inforcment.

Waiter/Waitress in Albuquerque:
"Typical Film Grad."
Pros: I like working with people for the most part.
Cons: It isn't really what I want to do.

Waiter/Waitress in Dallas:
"All in all it is fun."
Pros: Meeting new people. Going home with money after every shift. Good hours. Flexibility.
Cons: Drama. Stress. Rude people. Not getting off at scheduled time.

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

▲18%

▲15%

National Average
$20,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 85%
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