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How Much Do Waiter Jobs Pay per Hour?

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $50,000 $4,166 $961 $24
75th Percentile $34,500 $2,875 $663 $17
Average $33,911 $2,825 $652 $16
25th Percentile $20,000 $1,666 $384 $10
$5.29 - $7.45
7% of jobs
$7.45 - $9.61
18% of jobs
$9.62 is the 25th percentile. Wages below this are outliers.
$9.62 - $11.78
29% of jobs
$11.78 - $13.94
16% of jobs
$13.94 - $16.11
4% of jobs
The average wage is $16.30 an hour
$16.11 - $18.27
7% of jobs
$18.27 - $20.43
3% of jobs
$20.43 - $22.60
3% of jobs
$24.04 is the 90th percentile. Wages above this are outliers.
$22.60 - $24.76
4% of jobs
$24.76 - $26.92
3% of jobs
$26.92 - $29.09
1% of jobs

National Average

$5.29 $16/hour $29.09
Waiter Salary Comparison by Location
Nationwide
United States
$33,911
$2,825
$652
$16
Ashburn, VA
Virginia
$34,376
$2,865
$661
$17

As of Nov 22, 2020, the average hourly pay for a Waiter in the United States is $16.30 an hour.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing hourly wages as high as $29.09 and as low as $5.29, the majority of Waiter wages currently range between $9.62 (25th percentile) to $16.59 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for a Waiter varies greatly (by as much as $6.97), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Waiter job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Waiter in your area makes on average $17 per hour, or $0.22 (1%) more than the national average hourly salary of $16.30. Virginia ranks number 5 out of 50 states nationwide for Waiter salaries.

To estimate the most accurate hourly salary range for Waiter jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

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Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Waiter Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Waiter job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Francisco, CA, with Fremont, CA and San Jose, CA close behind in the second and third positions. San Jose, CA beats the national average by $6,544 (17.6%), and San Francisco, CA furthers that trend with another $9,496 (24.6%) above the $33,911 average.

Importantly, San Francisco, CA has a moderately active Waiter job market with only a few companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Waiter appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 10% between San Francisco, CA and Norwalk, CT, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Waiter role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Francisco, CA$43,407$3,617$835$20.87
Fremont, CA$41,598$3,466$800$20.00
San Jose, CA$40,456$3,371$778$19.45
Oakland, CA$40,001$3,333$769$19.23
Tanaina, AK$39,853$3,321$766$19.16
Wasilla, AK$39,853$3,321$766$19.16
Basking Ridge, NJ$39,693$3,308$763$19.08
Hayward, CA$39,163$3,264$753$18.83
Jackson, WY$39,068$3,256$751$18.78
Norwalk, CT$38,982$3,248$750$18.74

Top 5 Best Paying Related Waiter Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Waiter job category that pay more per year than a typical Waiter salary. Top examples of these roles include: Fine Dining Waiter, International Waiter, and No Experience Waiter.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $7,587 (20.1%) and $17,337 (40.7%) more than the average Waiter salary of $33,911. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Waiter jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Waiter position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Fine Dining Waiter$51,248$4,271$986$24.64
International Waiter$48,636$4,053$935$23.38
No Experience Waiter$42,610$3,551$819$20.49
Waitress No Experience$42,466$3,539$817$20.42
Function Waitress$41,498$3,458$798$19.95
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.

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