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Waiter/Waitress Salary

How Much Does a Waiter/Waitress Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Waiter/Waitress in the United States is a month or $33,020.00 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average Waiter/Waitress Base Salary:

What can I earn as a Waiter/Waitress?Your salary is 0 the US national average
$15.88
$15.88
15.88

The average wage for a Waiter/Waitress is per hour.

In addition to their base salary, Waiters/Waitresses receive a significant portion of their income from tips, which can vary based on factors such as the type of establishment, location and level of service provided.

On average, a Waiter/Waitress might earn anywhere from $50 to $200 or more in tips per day.

Annual Mean Wage of Waiters/Waitresses by State

[The latest data collected from BLS and the labor/employment departments of the respective states]

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Waiter/Waitress Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$33,550

# of employees

193,290

Projected growth

30.20%

New York City

Annual mean wage

$49,795

# of employees

106,270

Projected growth

93.80%

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$32,300

# of employees

77,500

Projected growth

26.80%

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$39,425

# of employees

219,180

Projected growth

40.60%

[Sources: BLS; New York State Department of Labor; Illinois Department of Employment Security; California Employment Development Department]

 

High-Paying Cities for Waiters/Waitresses

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Miami, FL33,55014.51
Chicago, IL32,30015.53
NYC, NY49,79523.94
Los Angeles, CA39,42518.95

Average Waitress Salary by State

Explore the average Waiter/Waitress salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$24,624
Alaska$27,269
Arizona$45,460
Arkansas$28,270
California$38,735
Colorado$39,610
Connecticut$40,390
Delaware$31,425
Florida$32,989
Georgia$29,110
Hawaii$35,240
Idaho$30,350
Illinois$31,750
Indiana$27,200
Iowa$26,560
Kansas$29,680
Kentucky$27,580
Louisiana$25,160
Maine$40,760
Maryland$36,940
Massachusetts$40,320
Michigan$36,420
Minnesota$26,770
Mississippi$21,440
Missouri$33,360
Montana$21,800
Nebraska$32,662
Nevada$27,190
New Hampshire$37,586
New Jersey$42,910
New Mexico$32,800
New York$49,796
North Carolina$27,890
North Dakota$31,460
Ohio$30,130
Oklahoma$23,900
Oregon$36,236
Pennsylvania$30,520
Rhode Island$34,424
South Carolina$22,754
South Dakota$27,330
Tennessee$24,340
Texas$26,520
Utah$35,750
Vermont$43,950
Virginia$34,620
Washington$46,400
West Virginia$30,927
Wisconsin$31,820
Wyoming$33,120
District of Columbia$50,790

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Waiter/Waitress Get Paid?

Waiters/Waitresses earn less than Bartenders but more than Barbacks and Food Runners.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bartender
Barback
Food Runner

Labor Laws and Taxes for Waiters/Waitresses

As a Waiter/Waitress, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, overtime pay, leave and tipping policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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