Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
2,445,230 0.5 % $10.40 $21,640 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.92 $8.38 $9.01 $10.74 $15.35
Annual Wage (2) $16,470 $17,430 $18,730 $22,340 $31,930


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 2,009,980 20.88 $10.25 $21,320
Traveler Accommodation 137,460 7.39 $12.04 $25,040
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 67,390 5.84 $10.61 $22,080
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 63,360 17.44 $9.90 $20,580
Special Food Services 61,010 9.61 $11.88 $24,700

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 2,009,980 20.88 $10.25 $21,320
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 63,360 17.44 $9.90 $20,580
Special Food Services 61,010 9.61 $11.88 $24,700
Traveler Accommodation 137,460 7.39 $12.04 $25,040
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 850 5.85 $12.08 $25,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.44 $12.79 $26,600
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 290 2.25 $12.25 $25,470
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 850 5.85 $12.08 $25,120
Traveler Accommodation 137,460 7.39 $12.04 $25,040
Special Food Services 61,010 9.61 $11.88 $24,700


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 262,970 17.39 0.96 $11.86 $24,670
Texas 207,050 18.44 1.02 $9.91 $20,620
Florida 203,060 26.49 1.46 $10.60 $22,040
New York 151,270 17.17 0.95 $12.16 $25,290
Pennsylvania 97,240 17.20 0.95 $9.75 $20,270



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 37,440 31.47 1.74 $11.03 $22,940
Florida 203,060 26.49 1.46 $10.60 $22,040
Hawaii 14,460 23.61 1.30 $15.22 $31,660
Colorado 50,250 21.22 1.17 $10.11 $21,020
Arizona 52,940 20.95 1.16 $10.35 $21,520



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 14,460 23.61 1.30 $15.22 $31,660
Vermont 5,020 16.68 0.92 $14.37 $29,900
Washington 44,170 15.24 0.84 $13.71 $28,520
Massachusetts 58,060 17.48 0.97 $12.91 $26,860
Alaska 4,370 13.45 0.74 $12.68 $26,370




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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 87,120 16.16 0.89 $13.21 $27,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 67,410 16.62 0.92 $11.81 $24,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 51,910 13.83 0.76 $10.38 $21,590
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 51,700 18.18 1.00 $10.78 $22,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 46,260 19.37 1.07 $9.20 $19,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 41,850 18.70 1.03 $10.42 $21,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 39,010 16.40 0.91 $11.74 $24,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 36,630 20.06 1.11 $10.41 $21,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 32,500 17.45 0.96 $10.19 $21,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 32,070 17.87 0.99 $13.88 $28,870