Average Waiter/Waitress Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Waiter/Waitress is $6.17.
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Hourly Rate
$2 - $12
$5 - $8,243
Profit Sharing
$2 - $18,616
$0 - $29,361
Total Pay
$7,077 - $36,225

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Job Description for Waiter/Waitress

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

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
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 $7.22. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sonic Drive - In and Olive Garden Restaurants, earning around $7.01 and $4.71, respectively. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays the lowest at around $2.22. IHOP and Waffle House, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $3.07 and $3.19, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waiter/Waitress

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 $6.12 based on 366 salaries. An early career Waiter/Waitress with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.11 based on 1,517 salaries. A mid-career Waiter/Waitress with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $5.75 based on 398 salaries. An experienced Waiter/Waitress with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $6.92 based on 335 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $5.
Employees with Waiter/Waitress in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 72.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (57.9% more) and Miami, Florida (32.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (34.2% less), Boston, Massachusetts (17.5% less) and Houston, Texas (10.9% less).

Years of Experience

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