Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment. Excludes "Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop" (35-3022).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,403,960 0.4 % $10.04 $20,880 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.84 $8.30 $8.94 $10.22 $14.33
Annual Wage (2) $16,300 $17,270 $18,590 $21,250 $29,810


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,978,760 21.32 $9.87 $20,530
Traveler Accommodation 132,770 7.49 $11.93 $24,810
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 66,090 5.91 $10.42 $21,680
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 64,600 18.21 $9.57 $19,910
Special Food Services 56,040 9.14 $11.43 $23,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,978,760 21.32 $9.87 $20,530
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 64,600 18.21 $9.57 $19,910
Special Food Services 56,040 9.14 $11.43 $23,770
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,180 8.41 $11.24 $23,370
Traveler Accommodation 132,770 7.49 $11.93 $24,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 300 0.02 $12.28 $25,550
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 260 0.53 $12.23 $25,450
Other Financial Investment Activities 40 0.01 $11.93 $24,820
Traveler Accommodation 132,770 7.49 $11.93 $24,810
Furniture Stores 70 0.03 $11.63 $24,200


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 253,240 17.21 0.95 $10.81 $22,490
Texas 203,890 18.68 1.03 $9.51 $19,770
Florida 197,070 26.44 1.46 $10.21 $21,230
New York 144,140 16.69 0.92 $11.00 $22,880
Pennsylvania 94,090 16.75 0.92 $9.86 $20,520




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 38,470 33.39 1.84 $10.71 $22,270
Florida 197,070 26.44 1.46 $10.21 $21,230
Hawaii 13,800 22.92 1.26 $13.91 $28,930
New Mexico 16,430 20.96 1.16 $10.66 $22,180
Colorado 48,090 20.95 1.16 $10.34 $21,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 13,800 22.92 1.26 $13.91 $28,930
Washington 42,960 15.19 0.84 $13.25 $27,560
Vermont 4,760 15.96 0.88 $12.95 $26,950
Massachusetts 59,260 18.19 1.00 $12.88 $26,790
District of Columbia 10,360 15.57 0.86 $12.37 $25,730





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 82,060 15.65 0.86 $11.50 $23,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 64,090 16.12 0.89 $11.07 $23,030
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 50,920 18.47 1.02 $9.73 $20,240
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 49,670 13.42 0.74 $10.50 $21,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 45,100 19.54 1.08 $9.19 $19,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40,390 18.79 1.04 $10.24 $21,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 39,810 16.82 0.93 $11.87 $24,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 35,010 19.66 1.08 $9.96 $20,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 33,010 18.87 1.04 $13.50 $28,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 31,540 17.61 0.97 $9.32 $19,380