• Waiters and Waitresses
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 21,110
    $16,730 range bar $48,580
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Waiters and Waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.

What do they typically do

  • Greet customers, explain daily specials, and answer questions related to the menu
  • Take orders from customers for food and beverages
  • Relay food and beverage orders to the kitchen, such as via a point-of-sale system
  • Prepare certain menu items, such as assembling garnishes or brewing coffee
  • Carry trays of food or drinks from the kitchen to the dining tables
  • Check on customers to confirm satisfaction and assist with other requests
  • Clear tables after customers finish dining, or as needed
  • Prepare customers' itemized checks, take payment, and return change
  • Set up dining areas and stock service areas

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.8%
Job Openings 16,947

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
Private Training Programs

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