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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 950111$13.43/hr$10.10/hr$10.34/hr$10.85/hr$12.19/hr$25.21/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities490$10.95/hr
Professional and Business Services140$13.86/hr
Education and Health Services80$10.35/hr
Leisure and Hospitality48,520$11.09/hr
Other Services710$10.64/hr
Public Administration180$11.51/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northwest Minnesota 950$10.85/hr-1.2%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,040$9.74/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,070$11.09/hr-0.5%
Northeast Balance of State 1,120$11.03/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,340$10.35/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,480$9.55/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,680$10.62/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,950$10.37/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,090$10.39/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 2,390$9.32/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 2,540$10.78/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,590$10.37/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 3,210$10.52/hr1.2%
Northwest Balance of State 3,540$10.86/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 3,660$10.42/hr-1.5%
Southwest Minnesota 3,810$10.39/hr-5.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 31,040$11.31/hr4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 34,360$11.28/hrN/A
Minnesota 50,490$11.09/hr2.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6,890$11.61/hr2.2%
Bartenders 16,790$10.83/hr-0.9%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 5,140$11.44/hr3.4%
Food Preparation Workers 8,670$12.98/hr3.9%

  • 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.