Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
2,564,610 0.5 % $11.73 $24,410 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.22 $8.83 $9.61 $12.78 $18.49
Annual Wage (2) $17,090 $18,360 $19,990 $26,590 $38,460


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 2,105,830 20.47 $11.57 $24,070
Traveler Accommodation 146,370 7.62 $13.74 $28,590
Special Food Services 71,010 10.38 $12.96 $26,960
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 69,670 5.65 $11.70 $24,330
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 62,160 16.37 $11.27 $23,450

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 2,105,830 20.47 $11.57 $24,070
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 62,160 16.37 $11.27 $23,450
Special Food Services 71,010 10.38 $12.96 $26,960
Traveler Accommodation 146,370 7.62 $13.74 $28,590
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 69,670 5.65 $11.70 $24,330

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 780 5.24 $15.91 $33,090
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $14.15 $29,420
Traveler Accommodation 146,370 7.62 $13.74 $28,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 760 0.03 $13.43 $27,940
Other Personal Services 640 0.21 $13.33 $27,730


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 280,100 17.54 0.96 $14.88 $30,940
Texas 219,680 18.70 1.02 $11.18 $23,250
Florida 217,790 26.49 1.45 $12.91 $26,860
New York 155,540 17.10 0.94 $14.41 $29,980
Pennsylvania 98,780 17.19 0.94 $10.62 $22,090




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 39,450 31.04 1.70 $12.26 $25,510
Florida 217,790 26.49 1.45 $12.91 $26,860
Hawaii 16,110 25.49 1.40 $17.84 $37,100
Rhode Island 10,220 21.51 1.18 $11.47 $23,850
Colorado 52,540 20.95 1.15 $11.05 $22,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 16,110 25.49 1.40 $17.84 $37,100
Vermont 5,400 17.71 0.97 $15.27 $31,770
Alaska 4,260 13.17 0.72 $15.01 $31,230
Washington 48,380 15.77 0.86 $14.97 $31,140
District of Columbia 8,720 12.41 0.68 $14.89 $30,970





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 106,100 16.11 0.88 $15.20 $31,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 76,240 18.06 0.99 $13.82 $28,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 57,140 15.70 0.86 $10.90 $22,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 55,980 19.07 1.04 $11.75 $24,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 49,890 19.54 1.07 $9.25 $19,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 44,320 18.24 1.00 $12.83 $26,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 40,770 16.37 0.90 $13.27 $27,610
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 38,650 33.03 1.81 $13.91 $28,920
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 36,870 19.05 1.04 $10.78 $22,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 34,310 17.96 0.98 $10.97 $22,820