Waiters and Waitresses

General Information

Description

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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit94.77%
  2. Self-employed2.08%
  3. Private, not for profit1.79%
  4. State and local government0.86%
  5. Federal government0.36%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of waiters and waitresses is projected to grow 20 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 470,200 openings for waiters and waitresses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$23,740

State-by-state Salary

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$59,140
$18,560
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 57%
  • Less than high school 28%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Some college 5%
  • Associate's degree 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Food Production

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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