Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment. Exclude "Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop" (35-3022).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,219,850 0.7 % $7.66 $15,930 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.60 $6.04 $6.75 $8.34 $11.27
Annual Wage (2) $11,640 $12,560 $14,050 $17,340 $23,450

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-service restaurants 1,576,940 $7.59 $15,790
Limited-service eating places 161,850 $6.91 $14,370
Traveler accommodation 130,540 $8.09 $16,830
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 80,770 $7.14 $14,850
Other amusement and recreation industries 73,440 $8.94 $18,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other personal services 130 $13.76 $28,630
Federal government (OES designation) (7) $12.43 $25,850
Scientific research and development services (7) $11.11 $23,110
Grantmaking and giving services 170 $9.99 $20,780
Personal care services 260 $9.76 $20,310

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nevada 33,910 $7.83 $16,280 3.036%
Hawaii 15,550 $10.87 $22,600 2.753%
Florida 176,750 $7.18 $14,940 2.411%
Rhode Island 11,330 $8.31 $17,290 2.358%
Wyoming 5,390 $6.81 $14,160 2.200%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 15,550 $10.87 $22,600 2.753%
Massachusetts 55,560 $10.32 $21,460 1.777%
New York 124,560 $9.58 $19,920 1.510%
Washington 43,920 $9.53 $19,820 1.700%
Oregon 26,320 $9.39 $19,530 1.691%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 5,500 $6.79 $14,120 6.503%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 5,270 $7.68 $15,970 4.963%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 6,960 $8.14 $16,930 3.720%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 1,250 $7.05 $14,660 3.251%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 27,430 $8.10 $16,850 3.228%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 53,930 $11.70 $24,330 1.355%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 3,260 $10.88 $22,630 1.633%
Honolulu, HI MSA 9,260 $10.86 $22,580 2.266%
Pittsfield, MA MSA 840 $10.84 $22,540 2.055%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 2,040 $10.65 $22,150 3.041%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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