AU$35,367
Avg. Salary
AU$16.51
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

AU$98.87

Bonus

AU$605

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is AU$16.51 per hour.

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is AU$35,367 per year.

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AU$11.03
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AU$22.34
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MEDIAN AU$16.51
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MEDIAN AU$35,367
AU$11,998 - AU$49,747
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MEDIAN: AU$35,367
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AU$0AU$49K
Salary AU$11,998 - AU$49,747
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$512
Profit Sharing AU$605
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$22,595 - AU$47,300
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 169
Hourly Data AU$0AU$28
Hourly Rate AU$11.03 - AU$22.34
Hourly Tips AU$0.00 - AU$2.96
Overtime AU$1.86 - AU$28.37
Annual Data AU$0AU$47K
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$512
Profit Sharing AU$605
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$22,595 - AU$47,300
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,775

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. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

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.

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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 1,411 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$34,668

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 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.

Waiter/Waitress in Melbourne:
Pros: The people I work with and talking to some of the customers. Also the money.
Cons: Cleaning up after messy people.

Waiter/Waitress in Sydney:
"Waitressing."
Pros: I like working with customers and meeting new people as well as receiving tips.
Cons: Very tiring and do not receive over time or time and a half, or get paid extra on public holidays. I am underpaid.

Waiter/Waitress in Brisbane:
"Cafe Waiter."
Pros:
Cons: Stressful, Overbearing boss, unsociable hours.

Waiter/Waitress in Noosaville:
Always be confident in what you do, even if it means going outside your comfort zone. If you break a bottle or drop a plate don't worry everyone has been there before, and you may feel worried at first but your workmates are always there to help you out whenever you need it. If you have trouble ask someone never just stand there and try to do whatever it is you're trying to do without knowing what to do, you'll either get into trouble or you won't be trusted to do many things and be known as someone who doesn't have communication skills, in which is the main key to waitressing/wait wrong. Good luck.

Waiter/Waitress in Canberra:
"Working At Max Brenner."
Pros: It's a nice, friendly environment. I enjoy chatting with my colleagues, and serving customers. It isn't a traditional cafe, so the unusual utensils allow us to engage more with the customers. There are also various roles, such as shop and desserts.
Cons: Under staffing and high employee turnover rate.

Waiter/Waitress in Hobart:
Pros:
Cons: The amount I get paid is unsatisfying, compared to the nature of work I have to do.

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

▲26%

▲22%

▲19%

National Average
AU$35,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 96%