£6.23
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

£95.00

Profit Sharing

£47.50

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is £6.13 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.

£5,804 - £23,222
£6K
£14K
£23K
MEDIAN: £13,914
10%
50%
90%
£4.03 - £7.63
£4
£6
£7
MEDIAN: £6.23
10%
50%
90%
£0£23K
Salary £5,804 - £23,222
Bonus £0.00 - £2,950
Profit Sharing £47.50
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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£8,429 - £18,530
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Currency: GBP
  • Updated: 11 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 302
Hourly Data £0£14
Hourly Rate £4.03 - £7.63
Hourly Tips £0.05 - £2.62
Overtime £1.96 - £14.14
Annual Data £0£18K
Bonus £0.00 - £2,950
Profit Sharing £47.50
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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£8,429 - £18,530
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: GBP
  • Updated: 11 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,200

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 2018 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.

Waiter/Waitress Job Listings

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 ₤13,000 based on 729 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 ₤16,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of ₤17,000 based on 64 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 ₤16,000 based on 22 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: £13,665

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 London:
"Not the worst."
Pros: Free food and coffee. Talking to customers. Making coffee is fun.
Cons: Staff can be a bit clique-y. I feel I am underpaid. Can be stressful. Some difficult customers.

Waiter/Waitress in Leeds:
"My job."
Pros: I get to meet new people, I enjoy serving others and making sure they are okay.
Cons: Can get very stressful, sometimes feel under appreciated. Don't know if I'm allowed holiday pay legally or not.

Waiter/Waitress in Swindon:
"Hard work."
Pros: Getting along with customers enjoy serving food.
Cons: A lot of hours worked low pay low tips.

Waiter/Waitress in Vale:
"Very busy , tiring and buzzing."
Pros: I like the Buzz the fast pace delivering a good service.
Cons: Rude customers or staff that get orders wrong.

Waiter/Waitress in Cardiff:
Pros: What I like about my job is dealing with customers about recommendation on choosing a wine or a food item from the menu. I also has a waiter like to interact with my customers and collegues to share ideas and gain more knowledge. As a waiter it was flexible and stress level is low and able to corporate with everyone.
Cons: What I least liked about my job is I get bored of using the same skills I have and would like to face a new task and get involved more into management with another organisation.

Waiter/Waitress in Birmingham:
"Great atmosphere."
Pros: I love atmosphere in my work place. All stuff works like one team and always helps to each other in any cases. Managers are friendly and ready to be helpful well anyway they pointing out mistakes and trying to explain in proper way to avoid that happening in future. Work it self is not that hard just requires quality and attention to give the best services.
Cons: Have heard about services charged? Yep, its the that tip thing... Non of waiters have never received it. The worst part then manager is on floor and is time to pay bill for customers he always adds the "services charged"- official tips for stuff, its no-one have ever received that part from stuff. And then customers don't want to leave tips. Another thing, The chef departy members, the head chefs are selling cocaine. Well not so many people knows that, so no one does anything about it.

Waiter/Waitress in Milton Keynes:
"Nice place to work but bad pay"
Pros: I Like how I am able to get along with everyone I work with. However, due to lack of money our store is shutting. But I've loved working there!
Cons: The pay is really bad tho, for me as I am 17 it's only £3.68 but 60p more as I've been there longer than a year!

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Experienced
▲21%

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
₤14,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 6%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 93%