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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
Northeast Minnesota 2,220109$14.29/hr$11.63/hr$11.93/hr$12.43/hr$14.61/hr$19.44/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities220$13.52/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services50$19.11/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality31,350$13.76/hr
Other Services560$12.55/hr
Public Administration50$13.21/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 680$12.66/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 710$11.95/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 800$12.38/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,010$11.34/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,100$12.69/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,290$12.27/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,460$13.19/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,550$12.07/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,780$12.26/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,870$12.35/hr18.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,900$12.43/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,220$12.43/hr14.9%
Northwest Balance of State 2,910$12.46/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 2,960$12.60/hr18.2%
Northwest Minnesota 3,300$12.46/hr17.4%
Central Minnesota 3,560$13.21/hr18.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 18,560$14.06/hr17.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 21,160$14.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 32,510$13.76/hr17.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fast Food and Counter Workers 56,700$14.74/hr12.4%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 4,590$13.74/hr22.0%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4,930$15.06/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.