The average wage for a Waiter/Waitress is AU$16.50 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career.

AU$11,254 - AU$46,794
AU$11K
AU$34K
AU$47K
MEDIAN: AU$34,431
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90%
AU$11.05 - AU$22.23
AU$11
AU$17
AU$22
MEDIAN: AU$16.52
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AU$0AU$47K
Salary AU$11,254 - AU$46,794
Bonus AU$100.00
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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AU$22,677 - AU$47,025
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94
Hourly Data AU$0AU$28
Hourly Rate AU$11.05 - AU$22.23
Hourly Tips AU$0.00 - AU$2.56
Overtime AU$2.89 - AU$28.75
Annual Data AU$0AU$47K
Bonus AU$100.00
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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AU$22,677 - AU$47,025
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,489

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress

Pay by Experience for a Waiter/Waitress has a positive trend. An entry-level Waiter/Waitress with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$33,000 based on 1,399 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Waiter/Waitress with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$41,000 based on 227 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$42,000 based on 85 salaries. A Waiter/Waitress with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$44,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$34,644

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Waiter/Waitress Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Waiter/Waitress?

Waiter/Waitress in Sydney:
Pros: Good to meet people and the community.
Cons: Boss is a prick. Underpays people.

Waiter/Waitress in Hobart:
"Ok."
Pros: The way I get treated by some staff. I also enjoy the customers.
Cons: The owner treats me different compared to the other workers as I'm new but I feel like uncomfortable around her as one wrong thing I get in trouble.

Waiter/Waitress in Beechworth:
Pros: I enjoy taking orders and receiving feedback to take to the chef when I clear the persons table. It's rewarding when there are nice customers and you feel like they appreciate your work.
Cons: Rude people often make my shift unenjoyable. The kitchen has never offered me any food and I don't get any breaks on 6 hour shifts for example.

Waiter/Waitress in Melbourne:
"Waitressing."
Pros: Making customers happy!
Cons: Cleaning up afterwards.

Waiter/Waitress in Darwin:
"Fun Environment."
Pros: Everyone is really nice and it's really a great environment to work in. We all help each other when we can and we get some good perks, like free drinks and discounted meals.
Cons: It's always very busy and can end up being a very late night, which is difficult if you have to get up for school the next morning.

Waiter/Waitress in Bendigo:
Pros: Interacting with other people and staff.
Cons: Poor pay for someone who is the main kitchen hand and gets payed the least but has to work often because im 'cheaper'

Waiter/Waitress in Townsville:
"Stressful."
Pros: I like making people smile and doing little things that change their mood or even their day around. Also the flexed the hours are amazing.
Cons: Customers that are rude and inconsiderate. And having to clean up after people that were rude to me.

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

▲26%

▲23%

▲19%

National Average
AU$35,000

▼4%

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 2%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 97%