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Working As A Banquet Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $18,255

    Average Salary

What Does A Banquet Server Do

Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.

Duties

Waiters and waitresses typically do the following:

  • Greet customers, present menus, and explain daily specials to customers
  • Answer questions related to menu
  • Take food and beverage orders from customers
  • Relay food and beverage orders to the kitchen staff
  • Prepare drinks and food garnishes
  • Carry trays of food or drinks from the kitchen to the dining tables
  • Remove dirty dishes and glasses, and clean tables after customers finish meals
  • Prepare itemized checks and take payments from customers
  • Set up dining areas, refill condiments, and stock service areas

Waiters and waitresses, also called servers, are responsible for ensuring that customers have a satisfying dining experience. The specific duties of servers vary with the establishment in which they work.

In casual-dining restaurants that offer simple menu items, such as salads, soups, and sandwiches, servers provide fast, efficient, and courteous service. In fine-dining restaurants, where more complicated meals are prepared and are often served over several courses, waiters and waitresses emphasize personal, attentive treatment at a more leisurely pace. For example, they may suggest a beverage choice such as a wine recommendation with certain foods.

Waiters and waitresses may meet with managers and chefs before each shift to discuss the menu or specials, review ingredients for potential food allergies, or talk about any food safety concerns. They also discuss coordination between the kitchen and the dining room and review any customer service issues from the previous day or shift.

In establishments where alcohol is served, waiters and waitresses verify the age of customers and ensure that they meet legal requirements for the purchase of alcohol.

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How To Become A Banquet Server

Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.

Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Education

No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.

Training

Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.

Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.

Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.

Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.

Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.

Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.

Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.

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Banquet Server Career Paths

Banquet Server
Front Desk Agent Front Office Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Account Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Barista Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Office Administrator Event Coordinator
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Banquet Manager General Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Chef Executive Chef
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Controller Chief Finance Officer
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Front Desk Clerk Assistant General Manager Bar Manager
FOH Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Front Desk Agent Assistant General Manager Restaurant Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Banquet Captain Banquet Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Food Service Worker Food Service Supervisor
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Hostess Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Barista Security Officer Account Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Hostess Specialist Account Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Driver Instructor
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Banquet Captain 3.2 years
Head Server 2.9 years
Lead Server 2.9 years
Bartender Server 2.7 years
Fine Dining Server 2.5 years
Beverage Server 2.3 years
Restaurant Server 2.3 years
Cocktail Server 2.2 years
Food Server 2.2 years
Banquet Houseman 2.2 years
Caterer/Server 2.0 years
Banquet Server 2.0 years
Server 1.8 years
Server Assistant 1.4 years
Server/Barista 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Banquet Server
Server 16.5%
Cashier 12.8%
Internship 5.4%
Hostess 5.2%
Waitress 4.6%
Bartender 4.0%
Volunteer 2.9%
Teller 2.6%
Manager 2.5%
Cook 2.1%
Top Careers After Banquet Server
Server 19.8%
Cashier 8.9%
Bartender 5.7%
Internship 4.8%
Waitress 4.0%
Manager 3.4%
Hostess 2.6%
Teller 2.6%
Volunteer 2.4%
Cook 2.3%
Supervisor 2.3%

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Banquet Server Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

35.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

12.4%

German

3.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Arabic

2.4%

Italian

2.3%

Russian

2.0%

Chinese

1.9%

Portuguese

1.5%

Mandarin

1.4%

Korean

1.3%

Polish

1.2%

Swedish

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Hindi

0.6%

Croatian

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Serbian

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.4%
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Banquet Server Education

Schools

Michigan State University

8.8%

University of Phoenix

8.4%

Johnson & Wales University

8.0%

University of Central Florida

7.4%

West Virginia University

7.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

5.1%

Delgado Community College

5.0%

Temple University

4.6%

Grand Valley State University

3.8%

Auburn University

3.7%

Central Michigan University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Northern Arizona University

3.6%

Western Michigan University

3.5%

Liberty University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Lansing Community College

3.3%

College of Charleston

3.2%

University of Iowa

3.2%
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Majors

Business

20.8%

Hospitality Management

9.6%

Psychology

7.8%

Health Care Administration

7.0%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Communication

5.2%

General Studies

4.7%

Nursing

4.2%

Culinary Arts

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Accounting

3.5%

Management

3.4%

Marketing

3.2%

Biology

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.6%

English

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Sociology

2.0%

Education

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

33.9%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

4.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Banquet Server

  1. Customer Service
  2. Reset Banquet Room
  3. Beverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide exceptional customer service Create innovative presentations for events Collaborate with team members to excel expectations of clients
  • Reset banquet room according to clients specifications to ensure readiness of room for the next function.
  • Participated in the facilitation of food and beverage service for trade shows, conventions, banquets and businesses meetings.
  • Prepare and set up banquet facility for multiple events including company gatherings, weddings, and concerts.
  • Assisted with the set-up, service, bus, and tear down of banquets, delivered food and drinks to customers.

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Top 10 Best States for Banquet Servers

  1. Hawaii
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  3. Vermont
  4. Nevada
  5. Washington
  6. West Virginia
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  8. Rhode Island
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