Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salary

Pay for Hotel Waiters or Waitresses in the United States is very modest at just $35K per year. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Men account for the majority of Hotel Waiters or Waitresses who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — about a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths.

$17,862 - $174,524
(Median)
$18K
$35K
$170K
MEDIAN: $34,997
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$6.86 - $19.04
(Median)
$6
$9
$19
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$17,862 - $174,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
Total Pay (?
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$16,055 - $83,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$6.86 - $19.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $19.15  
Overtime
$1.50 - $125.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$16,055 - $83,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress, Hotel

A waiter/waitress who works in a hotel generally serves food and/or drinks to the hotel's patrons. A hotel's waiter/waitress job typically includes seating customers, giving them menu suggestions, taking their food and drink orders, delivering the food and preparing the bill for it. A college or advanced degree is generally not required for this type of position; many waiters/waitresses only have a high school diploma or GED. There may, however, be an age restriction for applicants who apply for this kind of job if the establishment serves alcoholic beverages. Regardless, the waiter/waitress should be proficient in math, be able to run a cash register, have good people skills and legible hand writing. This job can be demanding both physically and mentally demanding due to the heavy lifting, long hours that are often required, the need to be on one's feet most of the time and the large amount of walking that's inherent in a restaurant or bar setting.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress, Hotel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $25K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $41K.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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