$23,548
Avg. Salary
$5.95
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$522

Bonus

$230

Profit Sharing

$3,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $5.95 per hour.

The average pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $23,548 per year.

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$8k
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MEDIAN $23,548
$8,292 - $47,515
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$0$47K
Salary $8,292 - $47,515
Bonus $3.30 - $9,163
Profit Sharing $20.27 - $15,781
Commission $0.00 - $24,832
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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$8,324 - $37,868
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 602
Hourly Data $0$18
Hourly Rate $2.24 - $11.54
Hourly Tips $0.97 - $16.18
Overtime $3.26 - $18.61
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $3.30 - $9,163
Commission $0.00 - $24,832
Profit Sharing $20.27 - $15,781
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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$8,324 - $37,868
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,391

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 $19,000 based on 1,256 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 $24,000 based on 358 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 238 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 $25,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

58%

43%

21%

19%

National Average: $19,817

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 Albuquerque:
"Typical Film Grad."
Pros: I like working with people for the most part.
Cons: It isn't really what I want to do.

Waiter/Waitress in Dallas:
"All in all it is fun."
Pros: Meeting new people. Going home with money after every shift. Good hours. Flexibility.
Cons: Drama. Stress. Rude people. Not getting off at scheduled time.

Waiter/Waitress in Utica:
"Amazing."
Pros: I love meeting new people everyday.
Cons: I honestly love everything about my job there is nothing that I would change.

Waiter/Waitress in Miami:
"Waitress."
Pros: The freedom, easy hours, good pay.
Cons: Late houres, sometimes annoying customers.

Waiter/Waitress in Longview:
"Amazing I love People."
Pros: People. Pay. Co workers.
Cons: Number of Hr a week. Lack of benefits.

Waiter/Waitress in Nashville:
"Waitressing."
Pros: I love making customers happy and resolving their food issues. I also love the family atmosphere of our work environment. We all operate together as a single unit.
Cons: I feel as if a lot of the time if anything goes wrong the accountability never falls on management. It more so falls on the individual worker.

Waiter/Waitress in Rockledge:
"Hello."
Pros: I enjoy my job. Get to talk to senior and just have fun.
Cons: No just hate washing dish. And cleanings up some other .

Key Stats for Waiter/Waitress

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 415 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Waiter/Waitress Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

▲20%

▲17%

National Average
$20,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 415 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 12%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 87%