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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $38,460. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,090. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 125% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of waiters and waitresses from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $24,210. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $19,020).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
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 $17,850 to $34,230. The highest paying state for waiters and waitresses is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $34,230. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,850. For more salary information of waiters and waitresses profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |