The average Waiter or Waitress Captain in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $8.17 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Waiter or Waitress Captains who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. About one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in six collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$11,562 - $59,800
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$12K
$29K
$60K
MEDIAN: $29,277
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$3.28 - $17.31
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$3
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$17
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$11,562 - $59,800  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$12,069 - $56,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Hourly Rate
$3.28 - $17.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.88 - $26.30  
Overtime
$2.30 - $52,131  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50M$100M$150M
Bonus
$200.00  
   
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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$12,069 - $56,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. For some reason, Waiter or Waitress Captains with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $26K.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Captain Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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