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Real-Life Server (Waiter/Waitress) Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Server (Waiter/Waitress) field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33946Banquet CaptainMale24 $30,000Houston, TX01/01/2010
33925ServerMale20 $20,000bingham farms, MI01/01/2010
33934ServerFemale36 $28,000Salt Lake City, UT01/01/2010
33824Cafe ServerFemale22 $12,000brooklyn, NY01/01/2010
33613ServerMale24 $35,000ft.lauderdale, FL01/01/2010

Overview

Working as a waitress or waiter is a physically demanding job that requires you to be on your feet and to lift heavy items. It is also emotionally demanding, as you deal with a multitude of different people. A server has the potential to make good money when working in a fancy restaurant or a busy restaurant, but pay can be uncertain and hours can be long. Working weekends, evenings, and holidays are usually a necessity.

Being a server requires you to be prepared to take orders, provide customers with food in a timely manner, and maintain a friendly demeanor. In many restaurants, servers are also responsible for doing some prep work to get ready for table service, such as preparing butter and bread or other items to be served to clients, and cleaning the restaurant.

Servers usually make a lower base wage than those in other professions, as the tip minimum wage is below the standard minimum wage. Servers earn tips, which can be lucrative, especially in high-priced restaurants. That being said, pay is often unpredictable ? you may earn $20 one night and $200 the next night. Pay highly depends on which restaurant you work for.

Servers often do not need any specific formal education to get started in the profession. Some restaurants require new workers to begin in other positions, such as hostess or cleaning tables, before moving into a server position. Other restaurants will hire those without past restaurant experience as waiters and waitresses.

To learn more about what it is really like to work as a server, browse the career profiles below. Every profile we create has been developed through one-on-one interviews with people working in the profession. Learn from the insiders what your life might be like if you worked as a server.


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