Training Requirements for Waiters And Waitresses

Waiters and waitresses need no formal educational credential and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Waiters and waitresses
Percent
Less than High School 13.1
High School 32.8
Some College 29.2
Associates Degree 9.1
Bachelors Degree 13.7
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment Outlook for Waiters And Waitresses

This represents about 2,465,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 68,000 more waiters and waitresses but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 1,255,000 more.

Typical Income for Waiters And Waitresses

Hourly Income

On average,waiters and waitresses make $11.73 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Waiters and waitresses $8.22 $8.83 $9.61 $12.78 $18.49
Food preparation and serving related occupations $8.28 $8.94 $10.01 $12.34 $16.92
Food and beverage serving workers $8.16 $8.76 $9.50 $11.39 $15.03
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, waiters and waitresses make $24,410 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Waiters and waitresses $17,090 $18,360 $19,990 $26,590 $38,460
Food preparation and serving related occupations $17,220 $18,600 $20,810 $25,680 $35,200
Food and beverage serving workers $16,980 $18,230 $19,750 $23,690 $31,250
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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