|Quick Facts: Waiters and Waitresses|
$29,120 per year
$14.00 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
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-serving and drinking establishments. Part-time work is common, and schedules may vary to include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Waiters and waitresses typically do not need formal education to enter the occupation. They are typically trained on the job.
The median hourly wage for waiters and waitresses was $14.00 in May 2022.
Employment of waiters and waitresses is projected to decline 3 percent from 2022 to 2032.
Despite declining employment, about 440,000 openings for waiters and waitresses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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