How much do you make in tips as a waitress?

I live in Iowa and want to work at a fairly busy restaurant. I've applied at Famous Dave's, Biaggi's, Rock Bottom, Joe's Crab Shack, Old Chicago, PF Chang's, and a couple others. All of these are pretty busy restaurants in my area. Can anyone share with me how much they made in tips if they worked as a waiter or waitress at any of these restaurants, or even if you worked at a different restaurant? I'm just looking to see if this would be a good job for me and my expenses. Thanks!!

Asked By: - 2/24/2011
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Heh, I used to be a waitress in Iowa for 18 years until 2004. I hope they pay more than $4 an hour now, which is possible since those are corporately owned chains. Tips, mine ranged from $8 on slow nights to over $120 on good nights. The only generalism with waitressing is that you don't get the good shifts (weekend... More
Answered By: chefgrille - 2/24/2011
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lowwwww dont do it
Answered By: Ryan Kramer - 2/24/2011
It really depends on who you are serving and how you treat the customer. Also, if you are a female and you work at a place where alcohol is served and there is a bar, most likely you will get more tips from the males ;)
Answered By: Caitlin - 2/24/2011
it is not very high but get a better job than that
Answered By: Drew - 2/24/2011
That depends on a lot of things actually. Those are all good chain restaurants, so it would seem like they would be good choices. You'll make more money on the weekend, more people dine out then. . Its hard work, but if you give great service, you can make decent money. Be friendly, keep a good pace, check on your... More
Answered By: Carrie - 2/24/2011
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