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Working As A Food Runner

  • 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

  • $18,956

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Runner 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 Runner

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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Average Length of Employment
Waitress/Bartender 2.6 years
Food Server 2.2 years
Waitress/Hostess 1.9 years
Server And Hostess 1.9 years
Server 1.8 years
Food Expeditor 1.8 years
Counter Server 1.6 years
Food Handler 1.5 years
Runner 1.4 years
Server Assistant 1.4 years
Cashier/Host 1.3 years
Hostess Cashier 1.3 years
Food Runner/Busser 1.3 years
Hostess 1.3 years
Food Runner 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 17.4%
Server 13.1%
Hostess 6.9%
Internship 5.2%
Volunteer 4.3%
Waitress 3.8%
Busser 3.4%
Cook 2.6%
Barista 2.5%
Top Employers After
Server 19.8%
Cashier 11.6%
Internship 5.8%
Hostess 4.6%
Waitress 3.8%
Cook 3.5%
Bartender 3.3%
Volunteer 2.8%
Barista 2.7%
Line Cook 2.6%
Manager 2.6%

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Food Runner Demographics

Gender

Male

55.4%

Female

42.8%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

19.9%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.4%

French

8.3%

German

4.4%

Italian

3.7%

Chinese

2.9%

Russian

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Arabic

2.4%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Hebrew

1.0%

Hindi

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Cantonese

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Bengali

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%
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Food Runner Education

Schools

Palm Beach State College

6.8%

Temple University

6.4%

University of Central Florida

6.4%

Miami Dade College

5.7%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

5.6%

College of Southern Nevada

5.6%

Florida State University

5.6%

Valencia College

5.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.0%

Florida Atlantic University

4.8%

Johnson & Wales University

4.8%

Georgia State University

4.6%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.5%

Florida Gulf Coast University

4.5%

Broward College

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Florida International University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Orange Coast College

4.0%
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Majors

Business

20.1%

Psychology

8.9%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Communication

6.9%

General Studies

5.2%

Nursing

4.8%

Kinesiology

4.3%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Culinary Arts

4.0%

Marketing

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

Biology

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Hospitality Management

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

English

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Finance

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Other

38.1%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

3.7%

Masters

2.8%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Food Runner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dining Room Attendant Naples Beach Hotel & Golf, Inc. Naples, FL Dec 01, 2016 $27,507
Dining Room Attendant Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc. Naples, FL Oct 10, 2016 $27,006
Dining Room Attendant Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club Palm City, FL Oct 20, 2015 $26,088
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club Palm City, FL Oct 18, 2016 $26,088
Dining Room Attendant Maidstone Club East Hampton, NY Apr 01, 2015 $25,566
Dining Room Attendant Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc. Naples, FL Oct 01, 2015 $25,086
Dining Room Attendants Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $24,564
Dining Room Attendant/Counter Attendant Wellfleet Harbor Seafood, Inc. Wellfleet, MA Apr 21, 2016 $24,564
Dining Room Attendants Midish Corp Nantucket, MA Apr 25, 2016 $24,564
Dining Room Attendant Ibis Golf and Country Club, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $24,001
Dining Room Attendant Ibis Golf & Country Club, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2016 $24,001
Dining Room Attendant BC Chop LLC Avon, CO Dec 09, 2015 $23,771
Dining Room Attendant Group 970 CO Nov 01, 2015 $23,771
Bussers/Food Runners Desert Mountain Club, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 01, 2016 $20,828
Dining Room Attendant Fiddlesticks Country Club Fort Myers, FL Oct 01, 2016 $20,473
Dining Room Attendant RYA Inc. Lincoln, NE Mar 01, 2015 $20,453
Dining Room Attendant DAJ Inc. Perryville, MO Mar 01, 2015 $20,453
Dining Room Attendant ATC Inc. Ste Genevieve, MO Mar 01, 2015 $20,453
Dining Room Attendant Jonathan's, Inc. Ogunquit, ME Apr 01, 2016 $20,348
Dining Room Attendant Chez Michel Restaurant Lincolnville, ME Apr 01, 2016 $20,348
Dining Room Attendants Ogunquit Entertainment LLC Ogunquit, ME Apr 01, 2016 $20,307
Dining Room Attendant Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa Ltd Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2015 $19,785
Dining Room Attendant Maidstone Club East Hampton, NY Apr 01, 2015 $19,785
Dining Room Attendants Florida Hospitality Management LLC Captiva, FL Nov 15, 2015 $19,743
Dining Room Attendant Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, NY Apr 01, 2016 $19,743
Dining Room Attendant 363 Dune LLC Hampton, NY Jun 12, 2016 $19,743
Dining Room Attendant East Hampton Point Management Corp. East Hampton, NY Jun 12, 2016 $19,743

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Top Skills for A Food Runner

KitchenAreaCustomerServiceSkillsFoodPreparationFoodOrdersRUNFoodExpoLineMenuItemsFoodItemsCleanTablesBusTablesCommunicationSkillsFoodServicePOSCustomerOrdersTo-GoOrdersCorrectTableDrinkOrdersCleanLinensClearTablesGarnish

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  1. Kitchen Area
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Food Preparation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained overall cleanliness and sanitation of dining and kitchen areas.
  • Worked with team members to upkeep pristine sanitary conditions and developed great customer service skills which further enhanced customer experience.
  • Perform food preparation duties such as preparing salads, appetizers, and cold dishes, portioning desserts, and brewing coffee.
  • Prepared various accommodations for food orders.
  • Run food to their respective tables, ensure that all menu items are correct and on dish properly before serving

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