Waiter/Waitress Captain Salary

The average Waiter or Waitress Captain in the United States earns approximately $8.77 per hour. Compensation ranges from $3.02 per hour on the lower end to $16.02 on the higher end. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in four, and approximately one-sixth earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Waiter or Waitress Captains (52 percent) survey respondents. Most Waiter or Waitress Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,040 - $49,460
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,170
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90%

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $31K on average.

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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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