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Average Waiter/Waitress Hourly Pay

$6.96
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$255
Bonus
$7,500
Commission
$439
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $6.96.
10%
$2.37
MEDIAN
$6.96
90%
$12.23
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $12
Bonus
$11 - $9,751
Profit Sharing
$2 - $19,784
Commission
$750 - $32,500
Total Pay
$6,185 - $35,247
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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.

Job Satisfaction for Waiter/Waitress

3.7 out of 5
(386)
Highly Satisfied
101Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Waiter/Waitress are from the companies Sonic Drive - In, Waffle House, Inc. and Denny's. Reported salaries are highest at Denny's where the average pay is $7.35. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sonic Restaurants Inc and Sonic Drive - In, earning around $7.34 and $7.16, respectively. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays the lowest at around $2.19. IHOP and Waffle House, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $3.07 and $3.19, 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 $6.66 based on 276 salaries. An early career Waiter/Waitress with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.87 based on 1,271 salaries. A mid-career Waiter/Waitress with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.85 based on 322 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $7.91 based on 268 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $7.
Employees with Waiter/Waitress in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 50.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (42.7% more) and Miami, Florida (22.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (36.6% less), Jacksonville, Florida (23.4% less) and Houston, Texas (8.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,266 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.2%
Early Career
56.1%
Mid Career
14.2%
Experienced
11.8%
Late Career
5.7%