Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
2,505,630 0.5 % $11.07 $23,020 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.08 $8.62 $9.25 $11.65 $17.14
Annual Wage (2) $16,810 $17,920 $19,250 $24,220 $35,640


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 2,058,190 20.73 $10.91 $22,680
Traveler Accommodation 141,140 7.45 $12.86 $26,740
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 66,890 5.64 $11.28 $23,470
Special Food Services 66,490 9.99 $12.55 $26,110
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 64,420 17.43 $10.58 $22,010

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 2,058,190 20.73 $10.91 $22,680
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 64,420 17.43 $10.58 $22,010
Special Food Services 66,490 9.99 $12.55 $26,110
Traveler Accommodation 141,140 7.45 $12.86 $26,740
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 66,890 5.64 $11.28 $23,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 710 4.81 $14.65 $30,470
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.13 $13.71 $28,510
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 220 1.63 $13.00 $27,030
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $12.91 $26,850
Traveler Accommodation 141,140 7.45 $12.86 $26,740


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 268,840 17.35 0.95 $13.68 $28,450
Texas 211,420 18.27 1.01 $10.43 $21,690
Florida 209,340 26.41 1.45 $11.84 $24,640
New York 156,300 17.40 0.96 $13.43 $27,930
Pennsylvania 98,220 17.20 0.95 $10.02 $20,850



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 39,400 31.96 1.76 $11.10 $23,080
Florida 209,340 26.41 1.45 $11.84 $24,640
Hawaii 15,200 24.53 1.35 $15.62 $32,480
Arizona 54,760 21.17 1.16 $10.55 $21,940
Rhode Island 9,810 20.82 1.15 $10.37 $21,560



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 15,200 24.53 1.35 $15.62 $32,480
Washington 46,300 15.52 0.85 $14.67 $30,520
Vermont 5,290 17.41 0.96 $14.56 $30,280
Alaska 4,490 13.71 0.75 $14.06 $29,250
California 268,840 17.35 0.95 $13.68 $28,450




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 108,300 16.72 0.92 $14.08 $29,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 69,570 16.95 0.93 $13.26 $27,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 54,040 18.44 1.02 $10.59 $22,030
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 53,740 15.05 0.83 $10.57 $21,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 50,220 20.25 1.11 $9.22 $19,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 43,310 18.59 1.02 $11.51 $23,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 40,460 16.74 0.92 $12.66 $26,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 37,540 20.01 1.10 $10.61 $22,080
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 34,600 30.92 1.70 $12.80 $26,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 34,020 18.09 1.00 $10.29 $21,400