Waiter/Waitress Captain Salary

An average Waiter or Waitress Captain in the United States can expect to take home roughly $8.77 per hour. Pay ranges from $3.02 per hour on the low end to $16.02 on the high end. The majority of Waiter or Waitress Captains claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Waiter or Waitress Captains (52 percent) survey respondents. Nearly one-fourth enjoy medical while around one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in ten. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,040 - $49,460
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,170
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$3.02 - $16.02
(Median)
$3
$8
$16
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,040 - $49,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$14,700 - $45,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$3.02 - $16.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.82 - $14.84  
Overtime
$1.30 - $30.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$14,700 - $45,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. Waiter or Waitress Captains with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $31K.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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