Average Base Pay
9.79% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Waiters and Waitresses role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $16,570. A Waiters and Waitresses candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $17,880. A person in a mid-career Waiters and Waitresses role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $20,350 a year. Waiters and Waitresses with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $35,560. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Waiters and Waitresses role’s annual salary averages $42,250 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Waiters and Waitresses position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $20,350 higher than the national average for Waiters and Waitresses positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Waiters and Waitresses roles that can advance both internally and with another company.