|Quick Facts: Waiters and Waitresses|
|2010 Median Pay||
$18,330 per year
$8.81 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||2,260,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||9% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||195,900|
Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.
Waiters and waitresses work in restaurants, bars, hotels, and other food service and drinking places. During busy dining hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently. The majority work part time, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Most waiter and waitress jobs are at the entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.
The median hourly wage (including tips) of waiters and waitresses was $8.81 in May 2010.
Employment of waiters and waitresses is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be very good because of the large size of the occupation and the many workers who leave their jobs each year. Those seeking employment at upscale restaurants will face strong competition.
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