Waiter/Waitress Captain Salary

Median pay for Waiter or Waitress Captains in the United States is around $8.50 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $2.80 per hour to $16.20. The majority of Waiter or Waitress Captains claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-fourth enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to an eighth. Women Waiter or Waitress Captains who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$10,213 - $54,198
(Median)
$10K
$23K
$54K
MEDIAN: $23,174
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$2.80 - $16.20
(Median)
$2
$8
$16
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$10,213 - $54,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$12,299 - $51,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.80 - $16.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66 - $18.73  
Overtime
$3.00 - $24.61  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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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$12,299 - $51,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress Captain

The waiter/waitress captain is the person that has been put in charge of the rest of a restaurant's serving staff. They generally are promoted to this position after having worked as a waiter/waitress first at a given restaurant. This person must be familiar with everything the restaurant has to offer: This includes menus, bar items, entertainment and any other thing a customer might ask about. Though they oversee the dining room and lead the serving staff, they usually still wait on tables.

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Waiter/Waitress Captain Tasks

  • Communicate and coordinate with serves and kitchen staff.
  • Schedule and oversee team of servers.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.
  • Ensure proper levels of sanitation and cleanliness

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress Captain

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


For many Waiter or Waitress Captains, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $26K. On average, Waiter or Waitress Captains make $28K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 72%