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Waiter/Waitress Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $4.63 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Waiter/Waitress Salary (?
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$8,079 - $44,908
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MEDIAN: $19,535
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Waiter/Waitress Salary (?
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$2.18 - $9.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$8,079 - $44,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $10,000  
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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$6,359 - $33,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$2.18 - $9.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.70 - $14.82  
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $10,000  
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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$6,359 - $33,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,640
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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.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
up arrow 67%
New York
up arrow 46%
Atlanta
up arrow 45%
Phoenix
up arrow 43%
Miami
up arrow 41%
San Diego
up arrow 31%
Philadelphia
up arrow 31%
Los Angeles
up arrow 23%
Dallas
up arrow 14%
Boston
up arrow 5%
San Antonio
up arrow 4%
Las Vegas
up arrow 1%
National Average
$17,000
Chicago
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 14%
Charlotte
up arrow 27%
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Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%
Mid-Career
up arrow 22%
Late-Career
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National Average
$17,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 86%