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2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Waiters and Waitresses Salary

Salary

$22.9K

Growth

7%

Bright Outlook

Bright

Green

No

What Do Waiters and Waitresses Do?

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Also known as:

Food Server, Restaurant Server, Server, Waiter, Waitstaff, Food Runner, Waitress, Cocktail Server, Buffet Server, Banquet Server

How Much Do Waiters and Waitresses Make ? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Annual Wage $17,420 $18,950 $22,890 $29,620 $42,950
Hourly Wage $8.37 $9.11 $11 $14.24 $20.65

How Much Do Waiters and Waitresses Make ? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Percentile
10%
25%
50% (Median)
75%
90%
Annual Wage
$17,420
$18,950
$22,890
$29,620
$42,950
Hourly Wage
$8.37
$9.11
$11
$14.24
$20.65

What Tasks Do Waiters and Waitresses Perform? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Check patrons' identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Collect payments from customers.
  • Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.
  • Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
  • Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
  • Remove dishes and glasses from tables or counters and take them to kitchen for cleaning.
  • Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
  • Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
  • Prepare tables for meals, including setting up items such as linens, silverware, and glassware.
  • Explain how various menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods.
  • Assist host or hostess by answering phones to take reservations or to-go orders, and by greeting, seating, and thanking guests.
  • Escort customers to their tables.
  • Perform cleaning duties, such as sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming carpet, tidying up server station, taking out trash, or checking and cleaning bathroom.
  • Inform customers of daily specials.
  • Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for patrons, and chill bottles of wine.
  • Roll silverware, set up food stations, or set up dining areas to prepare for the next shift or for large parties.
  • Stock service areas with supplies such as coffee, food, tableware, and linens.
  • Bring wine selections to tables with appropriate glasses, and pour the wines for customers.
  • Fill salt, pepper, sugar, cream, condiment, and napkin containers.
  • Describe and recommend wines to customers.
  • Perform food preparation duties such as preparing salads, appetizers, and cold dishes, portioning desserts, and brewing coffee.
  • Garnish and decorate dishes in preparation for serving.
  • Provide guests with information about local areas, including giving directions.

What Activities Do Waiters and Waitresses Do? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • Take customer orders.
  • Communicate with customers to resolve complaints or ensure satisfaction.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Take customer orders.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Cook foods.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
  • Assist customers with seating arrangements.
  • Schedule dining reservations.
  • Assist customers with seating arrangements.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving.
  • Add garnishes to food.
  • Provide customers with general information or assistance.

Typical Waiters and Waitresses Knowledge? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

What Are Typical Waiters and Waitresses Abilities? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.

What Are Typical Waiters and Waitresses Skills? 2020 Salary Guide

  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Service Orientation - Looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.

What Are Typical Waiters and Waitresses Interests? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising - Occupations with Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. Many involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.

What Is The Projected Employment For Waiters and Waitresses ? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Location 2018 Employment 2028 Employment Percent change Annual projected job openings
United States 2,634,600 2,804,800 7% 539,000

What Is The Projected Employment For Waiters and Waitresses ? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Location
2018 Employment
2028 Employment
Percent change
Annual projected job openings
United States
2,634,600
2,804,800
7%
539,000

What Is The Required Waiters and Waitresses Education & Experience? 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

  • No formal educational credential
  • No work experience
  • Less than 1 month on-the-job training

Waiters and Waitresses Job Openings. 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Job Title Company Location Date Posted Federal Contractor
AM Host / Hostess Enchantment Resort Sedona, Arizona 08/04/2020 No
ASSOCIATE, PATIENT DINING (PART-TIME) Compass Group, North America WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina 08/05/2020 Yes
ASSOCIATE, WAIT STAFF (FULL-TIME) Compass Group, North America WEATHERFORD, Texas 08/04/2020 Yes
ASSOCIATE, WAIT STAFF (PART-TIME) Compass Group, North America ALEXANDRIA, Virginia 08/05/2020 Yes
ASSOCIATE, WAIT STAFF (PART-TIME) Compass Group, North America MEMPHIS, Tennessee 08/05/2020 Yes
ATTENDANT, CATERING (FULL-TIME) Compass Group, North America NASHVILLE, Tennessee 08/04/2020 Yes
ATTENDANT, CATERING {ON-CALL} - 10 openings Compass Group, North America HOUSTON, Texas 08/04/2020 Yes
Banquet Captain Marriott Vacations Worldwide Fountain Hills, Arizona 08/05/2020 No
Banquet Server Marriott Vacations Worldwide Fountain Hills, Arizona 08/05/2020 No
Banquet Server spherion College Station, Texas 08/04/2020 Yes

Waiters and Waitresses Job Openings. 2020 Waiters and Waitresses Salary Guide

Location

El Cajon, CA Fountain Hills, AZ Chesterfield, MO Watertown, NY Sedona, AZ Potsdam, NY Pittsburgh, PA Oswego, NY Massena, NY Lakeland, FL Fulton, NY Evans Mills, NY Central Square, NY Wilsonville, OR Us, NM Sunset Hills, MO Sun Valley, ID Springfield, IL Spartanburg, SC South Windsor, CT San Diego, CA Huntsville, AL Greenville, SC Ellisville, MO Cincinnati, OH Cheyenne, WY Carmel, IN Big Sky, MT Yonkers, NY Winston Salem, NC Wheatland, WY West Seneca, NY Weatherford, TX Valley City, ND Us, TN Us, MO Us, FL Troy, OH Sturtevant, WI Stamford, CT Stafford, VA Springville, UT Sidney, MT Shakopee, MN Rochester, NY Richmond, VA Renton, WA Reno, NV Rancho Cucamonga, CA Plano, TX Peoria, IL Palm Springs, CA Oswego, IL Ormond Beach, FL Ontario, OR Ocala, FL Novi, MI North Woodmere, NY Nashville, TN Myerstown, PA Miles City, MT Memphis, TN Maryville, TN Mansfield, TX Mandan, ND Madera, CA Loveland, OH Lauderdale Lakes, FL Lafayette Hill, PA Joplin, MO Jasper, AL Jackson, MI Jackson Hole, WY Indianapolis, IN Huntington, IN Houston, TX Horseheads, NY Homewood, AL Holbrook, AZ Harlingen, TX Hanover, MA Guntersville, AL Goodyear, AZ Galveston, TX Gainesville, FL Fort Mohave, AZ Fort Lauderdale, FL Fort Knox, KY Eagan, MN Denver, CO Denton, TX Dearborn, MI Davenport, FL Dallastown, PA Dacono, CO College Station, TX Coconut Creek, FL Clinton Township, MI Charlotte, NC Cedar Rapids, IA Castle Rock, CO Carrollton, GA Bryson City, NC Brookhaven, MS Boca Raton, FL Boaz, AL Black Hawk, CO Beaver Dam, OH Auburn, MA Atlanta, GA Arkansas City, KS Apopka, FL Alexandria, VA Albertville, AL Albert Lea, MN
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Job Title
Company
Location
Date Posted
Federal Contractor
Enchantment Resort
Sedona, Arizona
08/04/2020
No
Compass Group, North America
WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina
08/05/2020
Yes
Compass Group, North America
WEATHERFORD, Texas
08/04/2020
Yes
Compass Group, North America
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia
08/05/2020
Yes
Compass Group, North America
MEMPHIS, Tennessee
08/05/2020
Yes
Compass Group, North America
NASHVILLE, Tennessee
08/04/2020
Yes
Compass Group, North America
HOUSTON, Texas
08/04/2020
Yes
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Fountain Hills, Arizona
08/05/2020
No
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Fountain Hills, Arizona
08/05/2020
No
spherion
College Station, Texas
08/04/2020
Yes

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