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Become A Crew Member

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Working As A Crew Member

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $19,580

    Average Salary

What Does A Crew Member Do

A Crew Member greets guests and ensures that they are provided with exceptional service. Their primary duties include taking phone calls, filling out specific orders, and completing cash transactions with customers that come to pick up food orders.

How To Become A Crew Member

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Real Crew Member Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Crew Member/Erector Aztec Construction Services Unlimited, LLC NC Apr 01, 2013 $30,888
Landscape Crew Member Immaculate Landscaping & Design, LLC Olive Branch, MS Jan 01, 1970 $29,051
Crew Member Blue Ridge Property Services LLC Warrenton, VA Jan 01, 1970 $27,340
Crew Member Stone Oak Land Design, LLC San Antonio, TX Jan 01, 1970 $26,338
Crew Member Stone Oak Land Design, LLC San Antonio, TX Jan 01, 1970 $25,482
Landscape Installation and Crew Member Brian Thompson OH Apr 01, 2013 $25,044
Landscape Installation and Crew Member Brian Thompson OH Mar 10, 2014 $25,044
Landscaping Crew Member Panepinto Landscape Associates, LLC LA Mar 01, 2015 $23,416
Lawn Maintenance Crew Member Brady Lawn & Landscape LLC TX Apr 30, 2015 $22,957
Crew Member Stone Oak Land Design, LLC TX Feb 16, 2015 $22,915
Lawn Care Crew Member Liberty Lawn and Landscaping, Inc. TX Mar 01, 2015 $22,915
Final Crew Member New Generation Homes, Inc. CO Apr 01, 2013 $22,498
Crew Member Wendy's of Montana, Inc. Dickinson, ND Apr 01, 2015 $22,185
Crew Member Wendy's of Montana, Inc. ND Mar 10, 2014 $19,827
Crew Member American Pizza Partners, L.P. MT Mar 15, 2014 $19,493
Dunkin Donuts Crew Member Fram Donuts Inc. NH May 15, 2015 $18,783
Crew Member Wendy's of Montana, Inc. ND Mar 10, 2013 $18,783
Landscape Crew Member Kentucky Turf Professionals, LLC Elizabethtown, KY Jan 01, 1970 $18,783

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Top Skills for A Crew Member


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Top Crew Member Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Food Preparation Areas
  3. Kitchen Areas
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare and serve hot/cold food and beverages Assist customers with placing orders Provide outstanding customer service
  • Sanitized food preparation areas, and followed specific recipes for food preparation.
  • Cleaned and organized service and kitchen areas, bathrooms, and dining areas.
  • Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers.
  • Provided positive customer experience while operating the drive-thru window.

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