For Hotel Waiters or Waitresses, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to 264 percent of their $29K yearly pay. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half enjoy medical while close to one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in eight. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Hotel Waiters or Waitresses who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,540 - $178,793
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$18K
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$180K
MEDIAN: $34,802
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$7.00 - $19.29
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$17,540 - $178,793  
   
Bonus
$0.14 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$75,000  
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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$16,320 - $106,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$7.00 - $19.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $30.41  
Overtime
$5.00 - $325.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.14 - $5,051  
   
Commission
$75,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$16,320 - $106,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Tasks

  • Places guest orders at the back of the house.
  • Serve, collect, and process tickets and payments.
  • Assist guests in selecting food and beverages, providing suggestions, daily specials, and sharing recipe ingredients.
  • Provide table service, taking orders, delivering food, checking in with customers, and responding to requests.
  • Addresses and resolves customer complaints and issues, relaying information to supervisors.

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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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $28K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $25K on average. Hotel Waiters or Waitresses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $32K.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress, Hotel Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$29,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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