Waiter/Waitress Jobs in New York

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Whether you’re an experienced waiter/waitress eager for fresh opportunities or simply someone who loves brightening people’s days with friendly service, OysterLink has waitress jobs in New York City waiting for you.

New York has the fourth-highest employment level for waiters/waitresses, taking up around 5% of all 2,122,210 waiters and waitresses in the United States.

Total pay range for waiters/waitresses in the U..S.
[Source: OysterLink Salary Data]

Top-Paying Waiter/Waitress Jobs in New York City

Here are some of the top waiter/waitress job openings available in New York, all curated by Oyster Link, to give you the best options.

Before applying, make sure you read up on the job description for waiters/waitresses.

1. Waiter/Waitress | Martha’s Cocina Mexicana, New York City, NY

Martha’s Cocina Mexicana logo
[Source: Martha’s Cocina Mexicana]

Martha’s Cocina Mexicana is looking for a waiter/waitress with high-quality service who can thrive in its fast-paced, casual Mexican restaurant environment. Candidates should have at least one year of related experience.

Martha’s Cocina Mexicana is a family restaurant home to authentic Mexican dishes located in Brooklyn.

  • Salary: $600–$1,000 per week + tips
  • Job type: Full-time and part-time
  • Benefits: Employee discounts, flexible schedule, etc.
  • How to apply: Visit Martha’s Cocina Mexicana’s website to apply.

2. Waiter/Waitress | The Headless Widow, New York City, NY

The Headless Widow is looking for an experienced waiter/waitress to join its team. Because of its menu selection, candidates should be of minimum age to serve alcohol.

The Headless Widow is a gastro pub, cocktail bar and restaurant located in the East Village famous for its cocktails, draft beer, wine and many more.

  • Salary: $1,300–$2,000 per week + tips
  • Job type: Full-time (evening shift)
  • Benefits: Competitive pay
  • How to apply: Visit The Headless Widow’s website to apply.

3. Waiter/Waitress | IHOP, New York City, NY

IHOP logo
[Source: IHOP]

IHOP is on the lookout for waiters/waitresses to provide top-notch IHOP service with a smile on their faces.

IHOP is an American multinational restaurant chain that specializes in American breakfast dishes. It currently has 1,841 locations in the Americas, South Asia and the Middle East.

  • Salary: $14–$23 per hour + tips
  • Job type: Full-time and part-time
  • Benefits: Employee discounts, health and vision insurance, life insurance, etc.
  • How to apply: Visit IHOP’s website to apply.

4. Waiter/Waitress | Au Za’atar, New York City, NY

Au Za’atar logo
[Source: Au Za’atar]

Au Za’atar is seeking an experienced server who can help offer its patrons great food and exceptional customer service.

Au Za’atar is a Lebanese-Middle Eastern restaurant in the East Village and Midtown East welcoming local New Yorkers and tourists.

  • Salary: $15 per hour + tips
  • Job type: Full-time and part-time
  • Benefits: Paid time off, 401(k) and dining discounts
  • How to apply: Visit Au Za’atar’s website to apply.

5. Waiter/Waitress | Burger Village, New York City, NY

Burger Village logo
[Source: Burger Village]

Burger Village is looking for waiters/waitresses to collaborate with its cooks, restaurant managers and other staff to offer its customers excellent customer service.

Burger Village is a restaurant that puts a healthy, organic and sustainable spin on the traditional American burger. It currently has eight locations, with six of those in New York.

  • Salary: $20–$25 per hour + tips
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Benefits: Competitive pay, leadership opportunities and flexible schedule
  • How to apply: Visit Burger Village’s website to apply.

Salary Trends for Waiter/Waitress Jobs in New York City

Waiter/waitress jobs in New York City bring an annual average wage of $36,970, or $17.77 per hour, which is about 12% higher than the average wage waiters and waitresses across the United States (U.S.) make at $33,020 with $15.88 per hour.

Waiters/waitresses in the “Big Apple” also earn the fourth-highest average wage across the U.S., with Washington, D.C. making the highest.

Top-paying U.S. states for waiters/waitresses
[Source: OysterLink Salary Data]
Know that these numbers don’t include tips yet. Waiters/waitresses in New York normally get tipped at 15%–20% of the total bill, with the higher end as the norm.For more information on waiter/waitress salaries across major U.S. cities, check our article on waiter/waitress salary trends.

Legal Requirements for Waiter Jobs in New York City

Waiter/waitress jobs in the United States (U.S.) entail the following legal requirements:

  • If you are aged 14–15, you can only work after school hours or during school breaks, and not more than 40 hours per week.
  • If you are aged 16–17 and unenrolled in school, you can work no more than 48 hours per week.
  • If you are aged 14–17, you will need “working papers,” i.e., an employment certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read on to know the answers to common questions asked by waiters/waitresses and waiter/waitress applicants.

How often do I get tips as a waiter/waitress in New York City?

Tips make up a big part of your earnings by the end of the day. Usually, you’ll get tips directly or share them with your coworkers through tip pools.

A graph showing cash wages and tip credits for two kinds of employees in New York as per New York's Department of Labor
[Source: New York Department of Labor]

Are there any work rules I need to know about as a waiter/waitress in New York City?

Yes, New York City has rules regarding wages, break times and a lot more. Being informed of all of them is important to know whether you’re getting treated fairly and legally.

What makes a good waiter/waitress?

Being friendly to customers, paying attention to the smallest details, talking well, knowing how to multitask, and being familiar with the menu and the restaurant’s food are sure to do just that.

Can I request time off or switch shifts with a coworker in a restaurant in New York City?

Many restaurants allow flexible scheduling. Check with your manager about the procedure for requesting time off or switching shifts well in advance.

Can I get a waiter/waitress job even with zero experience?

Waiter/waitress jobs are normally available as entry-level roles. Just make sure you have a good resume and prepare for the interview process. Check out our article on common interview questions for waiters/waitresses.

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