What does a Waiter do?

Servers work in restaurants as the point person between their customers and the establishment. They take orders and answer questions about menu items or food and prices. They also describe any specials and prepare non-kitchen food items including drinks, desserts, and salads.

Servers greet customers and seat them. When taking orders, they help customers with any dietary concerns or issues, including food allergies. They also ensure they have noted the customer’s preferred method of cooking some items like steak or eggs. Servers work alongside kitchen staff to execute customer orders, and they handle any customer issues that may arise, including incorrectly prepared food or dissatisfaction with a meal. Servers ensure customers have a satisfying dining experience, and they follow-up by removing any dirty or used items from their tables while the customers are still there. Servers also verify a bill or check has the correct items and amount due at the end of the transaction, and collect payments from the customers. They clean the tables once the customers have departed, and refill condiments and stock service stations. While there is no formal education requirement for a server, some states require a food handler card.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Waiter Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹16,458 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Waiter Career Path

Learn how to become a Waiter, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Waiter Insights

Read what Waiter professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas
10 Aug 2021

“Money can be really good and consistent (if you know what you're doing).”

Aruba Beach CafeAruba Beach Cafe
9 Sep 2021

“I really enjoyed working here because everyone was so friendly and I was able to make great money.”

Olive Garden Italian RestaurantsOlive Garden Italian Restaurants
15 Mar 2021

“It was my first serving job and everyone was so kind and helpful to me from the start.”

6 Sep 2021

“Loved being a server the tips where great and I love the customers I have great customer service.”

The Glass KnifeThe Glass Knife
8 Jan 2021

“Great team to work with and salary is not bad for how simple the job is.”

True Food KitchenTrue Food Kitchen
12 Jan 2022

“It was nice to work with professional and responsible people that cared for each and every guest.”

Thumbs UP Diner
19 Jun 2021

“everyone is nice and the French toast is the best to get and my favorite.”

10 Aug 2021

“You can meet some of the best people there and the hourly pay rate is great for a retail job”

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Food Service Manager
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75% skills overlap
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a waiter

When working as a waiter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VERBAL Communication, Writing, Excellent Communication, Modifications and Requests.

The most similar professions to waiter are:
  • Food Service Manager
  • Food And Beverage Manager
  • Bartender
  • Catering Coordinator

The most common qualifications to become a waiter is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.