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Waiter/Waitress Salary

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $4.86 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$9,480 - $48,118
(Median)
$10K
$20K
$48K
MEDIAN: $20,053
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$2.18 - $9.72
(Median)
$2
$4
$9
MEDIAN: $4.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$9,480 - $48,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
Profit Sharing
$195.00 - $5,500  
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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$7,072 - $34,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$2.18 - $9.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.47 - $15.19  
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.51  
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$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.00 - $5,500  
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).
)
$7,072 - $34,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,479
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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress

The job responsibilities of a waiter can vary depending upon the type of establishment in which they are employed. However, no matter what their specific job duties may be, there are a few skills that are universal and must be followed at all times. A few of those skills include kindness, punctuality, multitasking, and the ability to take directions clearly. A waiter or waitress shoulders a large responsibility when it comes to the reputation of a specific restaurant, as one poor performance could leave a group of customers unsatisfied and thus unwilling to visit the establishment in the future. Waiters and waitresses have a wide variety of tasks to perform during their work shift, including checking customers' identification to ensure that they are of legal age to consume alcohol. Furthermore, waiters and waitresses must write down, memorize, and properly deliver sometimes complex orders for the kitchen staff to ensure that customers are getting the exact orders that they ask for. They also must seat customers upon entering the restaurant, and then memorize their seating location and be prepared to attend to them throughout their visit. It is also important that a waiter or waitress have a great deal of knowledge of the menu which the customer is ordering from. This will ensure that the waiter or waitress will be prepared to answer any questions or concerns that a customer may have in regard to any item that he or she may be interested in.


Waiter/Waitress Tasks

  • Present check for payment and provides change as needed.
  • Take food and beverage orders, give food orders to kitchen and deliver orders.
  • Maintain table appearance by pre-bussing, check drink levels and remove clutter.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress

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

Waiter/Waitress Reviews

What is it like working as a Waiter/Waitress?

Waiter/Waitress in Dallas:
"All in all it is fun."
Pros: Meeting new people. Going home with money after every shift. Good hours. Flexibility.
Cons: Drama. Stress. Rude people. Not getting off at scheduled time.

Waiter/Waitress in Nashville:
"Waitressing."
Pros: I love making customers happy and resolving their food issues. I also love the family atmosphere of our work environment. We all operate together as a single unit.
Cons: I feel as if a lot of the time if anything goes wrong the accountability never falls on management. It more so falls on the individual worker.

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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 86%
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