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Average Waiter/Waitress Hourly Pay in Australia

AU$17.40
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
AU$100
Bonus
AU$650
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The average hourly pay for a Waiter/Waitress in Australia is AU$17.40.
10%
A$11.78
MEDIAN
A$17.40
90%
A$23.20
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Hourly Rate
AU$12 - AU$23
Bonus
AU$1 - AU$979
Profit Sharing
AU$0 - AU$650
Total Pay
AU$24,400 - AU$49,038
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What Do Waiter/Waitresses Do?

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

Popular Employer Salaries for Waiter/Waitress

The top respondents for the job title Waiter/Waitress are from the companies The Coffee Club, La Porchetta and Nando's. Reported salaries are highest at Degani Bakery Cafe where the average pay is AU$16.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Coffee Club and Grill'd, earning around AU$15.93 and AU$15.53, respectively. Cafe, Inc. pays the lowest at around AU$13.91. La Porchetta and Rashays also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$14.28 and AU$15.04, respectively.

Career Paths

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitresses?

An entry-level Waiter/Waitress with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$15.45 based on 437 salaries. An early career Waiter/Waitress with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$17.46 based on 1,783 salaries. A mid-career Waiter/Waitress with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$20.19 based on 313 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$21.12 based on 114 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$21.
Employees with Waiter/Waitress in their job title in Gold Coast, Queensland earn an average of 4.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sydney, New South Wales (3.1% more) and Melbourne, Victoria (2.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Hobart, Tasmania (5.2% less), Brisbane, Queensland (1.4% less) and Adelaide, South Australia (0.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,692 survey responses.
Entry Level
16.2%
Early Career
66.2%
Mid Career
11.6%
Experienced
4.2%
Late Career
1.7%