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Occupational Employment Statistics


35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses

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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 3,740142$13.38/hr$10.80/hr$11.18/hr$11.82/hr$13.85/hr$17.38/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities210$13.70/hr
Professional and Business Services70$15.91/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality35,860$11.71/hr
Other Services800$13.16/hr
Public Administration110$11.98/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 690$11.47/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 780$11.31/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 810$11.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,120$14.60/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,190$11.38/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,260$11.73/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,490$11.61/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,730$12.09/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,880$11.69/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,960$11.66/hr18.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,040$11.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,340$11.25/hr14.9%
Northwest Balance of State 3,040$11.67/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 3,060$11.65/hr18.2%
Northwest Minnesota 3,440$11.67/hr17.4%
Central Minnesota 3,740$11.82/hr18.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 22,490$11.83/hr17.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 25,190$11.95/hrN/A
Minnesota 37,220$11.71/hr17.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fast Food and Counter Workers 53,640$14.74/hr12.4%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6,800$14.76/hr22.0%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 6,780$14.28/hr22.9%

  • Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
  • Collect payments from customers.
  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.
  • Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
  • Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
  • Remove dishes and glasses from tables or counters and take them to kitchen for cleaning.
  • Inform customers of daily specials.
  • Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
  • Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.