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Waiters and Waitresses Salary Information

The salary statistics of waiters and waitresses are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of waiters and waitresses within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The waiters and waitresses annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Waiters and Waitresses Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,200
25th Percentile Wage
$18,690
50th Percentile Wage
$20,820
75th Percentile Wage
$27,670
90th Percentile Wage
$40,210

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for waiters and waitresses. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) waiters and waitresses is $40,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,200. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 133% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of waiters and waitresses from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,820
3.99% 10.95%
2016
$19,990
3.70% -
2015
$19,250
2.70% -
2014
$18,730
0.75% -
2013
$18,590
0.27% -
2012
$18,540
- -

Table 2. Waiters and Waitresses Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of waiters and waitresses in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for waiters and waitresses occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $25,120. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $19,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,120
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,900
Manufacturing
$23,010
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,490
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,290
Educational Services
$22,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$21,950
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,430
Construction
$21,090
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,810
Wholesale Trade
$20,200
Retail Trade
$20,080
Federal, State, and Local Government
$19,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$19,560
Finance and Insurance
$19,560
Information
$19,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,460

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Waiters and Waitresses by States

From the above tables we note that not only waiters and waitresses salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of waiters and waitresses in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,940 to $41,250. The highest paying state for waiters and waitresses is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $41,250. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,940. For more salary information of waiters and waitresses profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$41,250
Vermont
$29,950
Washington
$25,920
Massachusetts
$25,120
California
$25,100
District of Columbia
$24,680
New York
$24,540
New Jersey
$23,920
Alaska
$23,680
Oregon
$23,250
Nevada
$21,950
Rhode Island
$21,930
Pennsylvania
$21,300
Florida
$21,120
Connecticut
$21,030
Arizona
$20,820
Minnesota
$20,600
Maine
$20,420
Utah
$20,250
Nebraska
$20,110
Virginia
$20,010
Maryland
$19,840
Delaware
$19,790
South Dakota
$19,770
Colorado
$19,770
West Virginia
$19,700
Michigan
$19,580
Illinois
$19,540
Virgin Islands
$19,340
New Hampshire
$19,270
Ohio
$19,240
Texas
$19,160
Montana
$19,090
Missouri
$19,030
Arkansas
$18,970
Guam
$18,940
Indiana
$18,940
Iowa
$18,920
Wisconsin
$18,900
Kansas
$18,820
Wyoming
$18,800
North Carolina
$18,790
New Mexico
$18,740
North Dakota
$18,640
Alabama
$18,640
Oklahoma
$18,560
South Carolina
$18,530
Idaho
$18,520
Mississippi
$18,490
Kentucky
$18,320
Georgia
$18,310
Tennessee
$18,190
Louisiana
$18,030
Puerto Rico
$17,940



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