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Working As A Food And Beverage 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

  • $15,964

    Average Salary

What Does A Food And Beverage 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 Food And Beverage 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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Food And Beverage Server Career Paths

Food And Beverage Server
Hostess Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Front Desk Agent Sales Coordinator
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Restaurant Manager Office Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Food And Beverage Supervisor Restaurant Manager Food And Beverage Manager
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Business Developer
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Self-Employed Kitchen Manager
FOH Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Restaurant Manager Director Of Food And Beverage Assistant General Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Food And Beverage Supervisor Food And Beverage Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Front Desk Agent Assistant General Manager Kitchen Manager
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Food And Beverage Manager Director Of Food And Beverage
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hostess Specialist Account Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Food And Beverage Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Technician Instructor
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Food And Beverage Server Demographics

Gender

Female

69.2%

Male

29.1%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

French

9.2%

German

5.8%

Italian

5.0%

Portuguese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Swedish

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Filipino

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Irish

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Indonesian

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Croatian

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%
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Food And Beverage Server Education

Schools

Valencia College

8.6%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

7.1%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of Central Florida

6.4%

College of Southern Nevada

6.4%

University of Arizona

5.7%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of North Texas

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.3%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.3%

Florida State University

4.3%

Kennesaw State University

4.3%

Central Michigan University

4.3%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

Saddleback College

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

University of Mississippi

3.6%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Hospitality Management

10.4%

Psychology

7.4%

Nursing

6.5%

Criminal Justice

6.4%

Health Care Administration

6.4%

Communication

5.6%

Marketing

4.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.9%

Management

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Biology

3.0%

Sociology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Culinary Arts

2.7%

General Studies

2.7%

English

2.7%

Education

2.5%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

30.6%

Associate

13.9%

Masters

6.0%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.5%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Food And Beverage Server Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food and Beverage Servers Woodstock Resort Corporation Woodstock, VT Dec 12, 2016 $30,387
Food and Beverage Servers Woodstock Resort Corporation Woodstock, VT Apr 15, 2016 $29,990
Food & Beverage Server Lumiere Hotel Group Management Telluride, CO Jan 06, 2015 $25,044
Food & Beverage Server Lumiere Hotel Group Management Telluride, CO May 20, 2015 $25,044
Food & Beverage Server Lumiere Hotel Group Management Telluride, CO Dec 01, 2014 $25,044
Host and Food and Beverage Server Saffron Group, Inc. Key Biscayne, FL Jul 25, 2016 $24,251
Host and Food and Beverage Server Ayesha Fine Dining, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 15, 2016 $24,251
Host and Food and Beverage Server Ayesha Fine Dining, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 28, 2016 $23,604
Assistant Food and Beverage Server International Resorts Management Group LLC Sunny Isles Beach, FL Dec 06, 2016 $23,354

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Top Skills for A Food And Beverage Server

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Food Safety
  3. Menu Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided a unique dining experience and exceptional customer service in a fast-paced environment.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Promoted specific menu items, specialty beverages and upcoming events.
  • Provide excellent customer service and ensure guest satisfaction.
  • Maintained familiarity with menu items and specials to answer customer questions about food and beverage options and food allergy accommodations.

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