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Waiter/Waitress Captain Salary

Average Waiter or Waitress Captains in the United States make around $8.64 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $2.79 per hour and $16.23. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction for Waiter or Waitress Captains is high. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in four, and one-seventh earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$10,213 - $54,198
(Median)
$10K
$23K
$54K
MEDIAN: $23,174
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$2.79 - $16.23
(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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$12,264 - $49,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$2.79 - $16.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66 - $17.74  
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).
)
$12,264 - $49,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $26K. Waiter or Waitress Captains see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $41K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 72%
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