How much does a waiter/waitress make per hour? Bet you don't know!?
I have come across so many people who tell me that I should always tip a server at least 15%, no matter how BAD they are at their job. Because they only make $2.13 per hour, aw how sad, right? Except I know better. We have a federal minimum wage in this country and it is currently $5.15 per hour unless you are a tipped employee who customarily and regularly receives more than $30 in tips per month. In that case, you only earn $2.13 per hour, but it doesn't end there. The law says that if the tipped employee does not earn enough in tips to equal min wage, then the employer must make up the difference. So, all you waiters and waitresses, do your jobs to the best of your ability, smile, and keep my glass full and I will tip you at least 15%, even though I don't have to. If you don't like your minimum wage job (that is, in fact, not a minimum wage job), don't gripe about it to me.
Asked By: Unorthodox - 12/22/2006
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Well, when I waited tables, I'd actually walk away from a 4-5 hour shift with $200-$300... which averages about $50-$60 an hour. Not too shabby. But then again, I was one hell of a server, and knew how to do my job well... More
Answered By: [we're all mad here] - 12/22/2006
Additional Answers (13)
yeap I don't know.
Answered By: mama - 12/22/2006
I have two kids who are servers and they make about $11 per hour.
Answered By: Losewithsuz - 12/22/2006
why does it even matter..they have to deal with stupid people all the time. Whatever their salaries are is not enough for them for what they actually have to put up with!!
Answered By: Gucci Girl - 12/22/2006
15 ot 14 dollar per hr
Answered By: Drama Queen - 12/22/2006
Okay,you are one of those people who think waiters/waitresses make a lot of tips. My family has worked restaurant work.By law the employer has to make up any difference to make sure they get min. wage. But those waiters have to still pay taxes on those tips. So if you base their tip on their performance why should... More
Answered By: Virginia G - 12/22/2006
It varies from state to state. Colorado $2.50...California $6.75. By the way big spender..good service equals 20% plus. Walk in our shoes for a day and then comment.
Answered By: chewtoy789 - 12/22/2006
It depends on what state your talking about. Here in Ca, we make minimum wage plus tips. In other states, they literally are only paid about $2.00 an hour by the restaurant, and the rest is made up of tips. And who do you think you are telling us to get a different job? Most of us are WORKING STUDENTS paying our... More
Answered By: Meganator - 12/22/2006
they must earn over the minimum wage, waitresses/waters usually make good tips which makes up their wage
Answered By: leanne n - 12/22/2006
I lived in a small town in Kansas and some of my best friends were waitress and they were getting atleast $100 a day in tips!
Answered By: Ashlie - 12/22/2006
Yeah, in Canada it's against labor standards to pay under minimum wage, no matter how much you make in tips.
Answered By: Mandy - 12/22/2006
Yes I know the law requires the employer to guarantee that the waiter/waitress averages nimimum wage per hour. It's a good thing too cause some people just refuse to tip a decent amount regardless of the service received... More
Answered By: celia17 - 12/22/2006
Actually, i did know that! :)
Answered By: mardigras_00 - 12/22/2006
Yes,I know I'll try and tip them at lest 3dollars when I go there.
Answered By: mogger - 12/22/2006
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