Salary for Waiters and Waitresses

Also known as:  Cocktail Server, Cocktail Waitress, Dining Car Server, Restaurant Server, Wine Steward helps hospitality and tourism professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Waiters and waitresses take food and beverage orders and deliver the same order to clients and guests at dining establishments. These individuals are able to retain large orders and information in a fast-paced environment while maintaining superior customer service skills. They effectively communicate with supervisors and kitchen staff to ensure that food is delivered to guests in a timely, efficient and satisfactory manner. They continuously check on guests at their table to ensure they are happy with their dining experience. Additionally, they take and process payments and clean tables and work stations once diners exit the establishment. They are able to prepare a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well. A high school diploma is often required for employment in this professional field.

A Waiter or Waitress can expect a pay level of somewhere between 16000 and 24000 based on experience. Waiters and Waitresses usually get an average pay level of Twenty Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per year.

Waiters and Waitresses are paid most highly in Washington, where they get wages of about $28590. People holding this job title are compensated most highly in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they earn average job salaries of $29810.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 30.51 percent nationwide in that time.
Waiters and Waitresses tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $29,810
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $23,900
Educational Services $22,930
Manufacturing $22,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $22,010
Transportation and Warehousing $22,000
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $17,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $19,390
Retail Trade $19,530
Health Care and Social Assistance $19,660
Construction $20,100
Information $20,170