Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
2,302,070 0.5 % $9.80 $20,380 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.17 $7.60 $8.50 $10.62 $14.48
Annual Wage (2) $14,920 $15,800 $17,690 $22,080 $30,110


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-Service Restaurants 1,735,260 $9.69 $20,160
Limited-Service Eating Places 139,490 $8.69 $18,070
Traveler Accommodation 129,480 $11.61 $24,160
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 70,380 $9.10 $18,930
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 69,610 $10.62 $22,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 80 $13.38 $27,830
Grantmaking and Giving Services 210 $12.96 $26,950
Beverage Manufacturing 1,710 $11.67 $24,280
Traveler Accommodation 129,480 $11.61 $24,160
Furniture Stores (8) $11.30 $23,490


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 37,470 $10.27 $21,350 31.754
Hawaii 15,920 $11.91 $24,760 27.091
Florida 180,050 $9.91 $20,610 24.477
Montana 9,220 $8.36 $17,380 21.339
Rhode Island 9,530 $10.11 $21,030 20.769

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington 42,390 $13.74 $28,590 15.194
Massachusetts 58,150 $13.11 $27,260 18.348
Vermont 4,890 $13.04 $27,130 16.636
District of Columbia 8,210 $12.82 $26,660 12.880
New York 121,740 $12.34 $25,660 14.344


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 5,400 $8.23 $17,120 48.769
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 3,310 $8.77 $18,250 48.035
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 6,540 $10.39 $21,600 47.003
Ocean City, NJ 1,440 $9.68 $20,140 37.184
Barnstable Town, MA 3,460 $13.42 $27,920 36.536

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 29,610 $14.14 $29,400 17.562
Olympia, WA 1,280 $14.13 $29,380 13.396
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 21,660 $13.96 $29,030 15.420
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 1,780 $13.65 $28,400 15.945
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 68,400 $13.54 $28,150 13.509


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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