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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,584,220 0.5 % $12.15 $25,280 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.27 $8.98 $10.01 $13.30 $19.33
Annual Wage (2) $17,200 $18,690 $20,820 $27,670 $40,210


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 2,118,070 20.15 $11.98 $24,930
Traveler Accommodation 150,540 7.69 $14.18 $29,490
Special Food Services 70,890 10.21 $13.54 $28,160
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 69,060 5.43 $11.94 $24,840
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 63,020 16.29 $11.51 $23,940

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 2,118,070 20.15 $11.98 $24,930
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 63,020 16.29 $11.51 $23,940
Special Food Services 70,890 10.21 $13.54 $28,160
Traveler Accommodation 150,540 7.69 $14.18 $29,490
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 870 5.45 $16.21 $33,710

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 870 5.45 $16.21 $33,710
Other Personal Services 690 0.21 $14.60 $30,360
Traveler Accommodation 150,540 7.69 $14.18 $29,490
Employment Services 22,750 0.63 $13.85 $28,810
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 310 0.20 $13.66 $28,420


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 285,470 17.10 0.94 $14.98 $31,160
Texas 217,390 18.28 1.01 $11.51 $23,940
Florida 216,260 25.69 1.42 $13.31 $27,690
New York 161,720 17.56 0.97 $15.06 $31,310
Pennsylvania 98,000 16.95 0.94 $11.10 $23,080




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 41,250 31.49 1.74 $12.09 $25,150
Hawaii 17,590 27.79 1.53 $21.77 $45,280
Florida 216,260 25.69 1.42 $13.31 $27,690
Maine 12,900 21.53 1.19 $12.44 $25,880
Montana 9,880 21.44 1.18 $10.54 $21,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 17,590 27.79 1.53 $21.77 $45,280
District of Columbia 8,440 11.92 0.66 $17.48 $36,370
Washington 51,670 16.22 0.89 $16.29 $33,890
Vermont 5,270 17.27 0.95 $15.41 $32,050
New York 161,720 17.56 0.97 $15.06 $31,310



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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 112,820 16.85 0.93 $15.27 $31,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 76,380 17.24 0.95 $14.21 $29,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 56,620 19.33 1.07 $11.73 $24,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 55,980 15.29 0.84 $11.97 $24,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 52,410 20.01 1.10 $9.25 $19,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 42,220 16.94 0.93 $13.47 $28,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 42,020 16.68 0.92 $13.19 $27,430
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 36,980 30.58 1.69 $14.34 $29,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 35,060 18.15 1.00 $12.77 $26,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 34,310 17.33 0.96 $12.54 $26,090