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Working as a Counter Waitress/Waiter

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a counter waitress/waiter. For example, did you know that they make an average of $10.69 an hour? That's $22,243 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 14% and produce 775,300 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Counter Waitress/Waiter Do

There are certain skills that many counter waitresses/waiter have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed physical stamina, communication skills and physical strength.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a counter waitress/waiter, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.1% of counter waitresses/waiter included customer service, while 7.8% of resumes included credit card transactions, and 6.9% of resumes included prep food. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the counter waitress/waiter job title. But what industry to start with? Most counter waitresses/waiter actually find jobs in the hospitality and retail industries.

How To Become a Counter Waitress/Waiter

If you're interested in becoming a counter waitress/waiter, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 32.5% of counter waitresses/waiter have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 0.8% of counter waitresses/waiter have master's degrees. Even though some counter waitresses/waiter have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a counter waitress/waiter. When we researched the most common majors for a counter waitress/waiter, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on counter waitress/waiter resumes include associate degree degrees or license degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a counter waitress/waiter. In fact, many counter waitress/waiter jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many counter waitresses/waiter also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or waitress.

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Average Salary$22,243
Job Growth Rate14%

Counter Waitress/Waiter Jobs

Counter Waitress/Waiter Career Paths

Top Careers Before Counter Waitress/Waiter

Cashier
17.2 %
Waitress
11.1 %

Top Careers After Counter Waitress/Waiter

Waitress
14.0 %
Cashier
12.1 %

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Counter Waitress/Waiter Demographics

Gender

female

86.0 %

male

9.8 %

unknown

4.3 %

Ethnicity

White

62.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

17.2 %

Black or African American

10.3 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6 %

French

33.3 %

Greek

11.1 %
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Counter Waitress/Waiter Education

Majors

Business
12.3 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

32.5 %

Bachelors

32.5 %

Associate

25.2 %

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Top Skills For a Counter Waitress/Waiter

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 18.1% of counter waitresses/waiter listed customer service on their resume, but soft skills such as physical stamina and communication skills are important as well.

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Top Counter Waitress/Waiter Employers

1. Ledo Pizza
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$24,615
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
3+
2. Dairy Queen
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$22,679
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
2+
3. McDonald's
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$21,028
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
2+
4. Cafe Services
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$28,360
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
1+
5. C & L Electric Co-Op
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$47,390
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
1+
6. Panda Express
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$23,023
Counter Waitress/Waiters Hired: 
1+

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Updated October 2, 2020