Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salary

Those pursuing careers as Hotel Waiters or Waitresses in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K per year. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Hotel Waiters or Waitresses who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Approximately one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well.

$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 (?
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: 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.


For many Hotel Waiters or Waitresses, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $30K on average. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

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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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