Waiter/Waitress Captain Salary
Waiter or Waitress Captains in the United States can expect to earn an average of $8.05 per hour. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Work is enjoyable for Waiter or Waitress Captains, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$10,800 - $60,000|
|Total Pay (||$12,332 - $58,723|
|Hourly Rate||$2.92 - $17.76|
|Hourly Tips||$1.68 - $19.18|
|Overtime||$2.21 - $52,623|
|Total Pay (||$12,332 - $58,723|
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.Read More...
Job requirements can include training new servers, creating a fair and effective floor plan for a given shift, and overseeing the shift changes and the transfer of tables from the server whose shift is ending to the server whose shift is beginning. Waiter/waitress captains are in charge of assigning side work (such as restocking utensils, napkins, silverware, etc.), monitoring side stations, and they decide who can go home first on a slower shift or at the end of a shift. The waiter/waitress captain also has to make sure everyone is following the policies and regulations set forth by the restaurant, and they have the authority to write up those who break the rules.
The waiter/waitress captain must establish communication lines between the front of the house and the back of the house. When something has sold out it is the duty of the waiter/waitress captain to quickly inform the serving staff and inform them of any additions or replacements on the menu. The waiter/waitress captains are in charge till their shift ends, so they must be able to handle any situation that may occur. As such, being professional, demonstrating strong leadership and communication skills and being fair are all valued traits in waiter/waitress captains.
Waiter/Waitress Captain Tasks
- Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.
- Ensure proper levels of sanitation and cleanliness
- Communicate and coordinate with serves and kitchen staff.
- Schedule and oversee team of servers.
Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress Captain
Pay by Experience for a Waiter/Waitress Captain has a positive trend. An entry-level Waiter/Waitress Captain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 33 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Waiter/Waitress Captain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress Captain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 31 salaries. A Waiter/Waitress Captain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 16 salaries.
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