Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.Work Environment
Waiters and waitresses work in restaurants, bars, hotels, and other food-serving and drinking establishments. Work schedules include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Many work part time. During busy hours, they may be under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently.How to Become a Waiter or Waitress
Most waiters and waitresses learn on the job. No formal education is required.Pay
The median hourly wage for waiters and waitresses was $11.42 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of waiters and waitresses is projected to grow 20 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 470,200 openings for waiters and waitresses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
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