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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

  • $23,000

    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
Waitress Teacher Consultant
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Waitress Personal Assistant Executive Assistant
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Waitress Technician Shift Leader
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cook Executive Chef General Manager
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Cook Sous Chef Executive Chef
Chef Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cook Executive Chef Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Restaurant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader General Manager
Director Of Catering
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Owner/Operator
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Brand Ambassador Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Sales And Event Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Marketing Consultant Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Lead Server Restaurant Manager
Hospitality Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Senior Sales Representative Senior Sales Manager
Director Of Sales And Catering
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Chef Corporate Executive Chef Food And Beverage Manager
Clubhouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Marketing Consultant Promotion Manager
Manager Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Banquet Captain 3.5 years
Banquet Bartender 3.2 years
Banquet Houseman 2.6 years
Fine Dining Server 2.5 years
Beverage Server 2.5 years
Restaurant Server 2.4 years
Cocktail Server 2.4 years
Food Server 2.4 years
Caterer/Server 2.1 years
Dining Room Server 2.1 years
Banquet Server 2.0 years
Server And Hostess 1.9 years
Server 1.9 years
Dining Car Server 1.7 years
Server Assistant 1.5 years
Server/Barista 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Banquet Server
Server 18.4%
Cashier 14.2%
Hostess 5.1%
Waitress 4.5%
Internship 4.5%
Bartender 4.1%
Volunteer 2.5%
Manager 2.3%
Cook 2.0%
Top Careers After Banquet Server
Server 21.7%
Cashier 10.7%
Bartender 5.8%
Waitress 3.9%
Internship 3.9%
Hostess 3.0%
Manager 2.8%
Cook 2.3%
Volunteer 1.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Sentry
Highest Paying City
Evanston, IL
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Banquet Server make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Banquet Server in the United States is $23,661 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

Real Banquet Server Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Banquet Server Destination Stowe Hotel, Inc. VT Apr 27, 2013 $20,265
Banquet Server Destination Stowe Hotel, Inc. VT Jul 10, 2013 $19,555
Banquet Server K Bar S Lodge, LLC Keystone, SD May 01, 2016 $18,783
Waiter/Waitress/Banquet Server Pleasant Valley Country Club Little Rock, AR Apr 01, 2016 $18,533
Waiter/Waitress/Banquet Server Pleasant Valley Country Club Little Rock, AR Jun 01, 2016 $18,533
Banquet Server K Bar S Lodge, LLC Keystone, SD May 01, 2015 $18,366
Waiter/Waitress/Banquet Server Pleasant Valley Country Club AR Apr 01, 2013 $18,115
Waiter/Waitress/Banquet Server Pleasant Valley Country Club AR Apr 15, 2013 $18,115

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Top Skills for A Banquet Server

  1. Customer Service
  2. Beverage Orders
  3. Reset Banquet Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered legendary customer service to all customers by acting with a customer comes-first attitude and connecting with the customer.
  • Delivered excellent customer service in taking food and beverage orders, ensuring timely arrival and attractive presentation.
  • Reset banquet room to the expectations of the Client and Banquet Manager to ensure readiness for the next function.
  • Closed and reset banquet facility upon the completion of each event, thereby ensuring future readiness and availability.
  • Serviced members of the club and effectively addressed customer issues and ensured customer satisfaction by answering questions regarding food preparation.

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Top 10 Best States for Banquet Servers

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  2. Kansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Illinois
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New York
  7. Vermont
  8. Indiana
  9. Nevada
  10. Connecticut
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Banquet Server Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

32.3%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.1%

French

10.4%

German

3.3%

Russian

2.8%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.1%

Portuguese

1.8%

Mandarin

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Korean

1.1%

Polish

1.0%

Greek

0.7%

Tagalog

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%

Cantonese

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%

Romanian

0.4%

Thai

0.4%
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Banquet Server Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

10.7%

University of Phoenix

9.9%

Michigan State University

7.9%

Pennsylvania State University

6.6%

University of Central Florida

6.1%

The Academy

5.2%

Kent State University

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Temple University

4.2%

Valencia College

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

West Virginia University

3.9%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.9%

Grand Valley State University

3.8%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.5%

Western Michigan University

3.4%

Delgado Community College

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.2%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Hospitality Management

9.8%

Psychology

7.0%

Health Care Administration

7.0%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Nursing

5.3%

Communication

4.9%

General Studies

4.8%

Culinary Arts

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Accounting

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Marketing

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Biology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.3%

English

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Cosmetology

2.1%

Education

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.8%

Other

34.4%

Associate

15.3%

Certificate

4.8%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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