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Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.Duties
Waiters and waitresses typically do the following:
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.
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.
Hispanic or Latino13.2%
Black or African American0.5%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix16.4%
Southern New Hampshire University5.6%
West Virginia University5.3%
Texas State University5.0%
University of Houston4.3%
Northern Virginia Community College4.2%
Houston Community College4.1%
Texas A&M University4.0%
Pennsylvania State University4.0%
Sam Houston State University4.0%
University of North Texas4.0%
Michigan State University3.7%
Texas Tech University3.7%
Tarleton State University3.6%
Delgado Community College3.5%
Southern Connecticut State University3.5%
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|Head Waiter||U-Me Sushi Japanese Restaurant||Nanuet, NY||May 30, 2008||$32,849|
|Waiter||Gizzo Enterprises, DBA Surf Club||New Rochelle, NY||Sep 14, 2010||$28,404|
|Waitress||E & J Restaurants LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||Feb 20, 2008||$27,131|
|Waiter||Wycliffe Golf and Country Club, Inc.||Wellington, FL||Dec 15, 2014||$27,131|
|Waiter||Wycliffe Golf and Country Club, Inc.||FL||Oct 31, 2014||$27,131|
|Restaurant Waitress &Kitchen||Browndog Investments Inc.||MA||Jun 01, 2014||$25,044|
|Head Waiter||Winner's Chinatown, Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 18, 2012||$25,022|
|Waiters||Immigration Solutions Group, LLC||Boca Raton, FL||Jan 01, 1970||$24,794|
|Waiters||Best Solutions USA, LLC||Shelter Island Heights, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$24,794|
|Waiters||Pine Hollow Country Club||East Norwich, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$24,794|
|Waiter||Tartufo Restaurant||Newton, MA||Dec 20, 2007||$22,978|
|Waiters||Immigration Solutions Group, LLC||FL||Oct 01, 2014||$22,936|
|Waiters||Pine Hollow Country Club||NY||Apr 01, 2014||$22,915|
|Waitress||La Rana Restauraunt||Lake Forest, CA||Aug 24, 2010||$20,536|
|Waitress||Chodang Tofu, Inc.||Cerritos, CA||Jun 02, 2015||$20,426|
|Waiter||Retolistllc||Fort Myers Beach, FL||Dec 09, 2014||$20,181|
|Waiter||Tartufo Restaurant||Newton, MA||May 15, 2008||$19,993|
|Waiters||Nosh LLC Dba Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering||Hudson, OH||Jan 23, 2015||$19,367|
|Waiter||Panthal Inc.||Orange, CT||Oct 30, 2009||$19,326|
|Waiter||Trattoria Tiramisu||Palm Desert, CA||Jun 25, 2010||$19,096|
|Waiter||Shogun HS, Inc.||Lincoln, NE||Aug 26, 2016||$19,000|
|Waitress||Jump Tokyo||San Diego, CA||Aug 30, 2012||$18,013|
|Waitress||Suwon. Inc.||Logan, UT||Sep 29, 2015||$17,992|
|Waitress||KOCA, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$17,763|
|Waitress||GUMO, Inc.||Glendale, AZ||Oct 14, 2015||$17,534|
|Waiters||Pine Hollow Country Club||NY||Apr 01, 2013||$16,821|
|Waiter||Dong Bang Corporation||Fort Lee, NJ||Jun 08, 2015||$16,806|
|Waitress||Shogun HS, Inc.||Lincoln, NE||Sep 10, 2015||$16,765|
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