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
Southeast Minnesota 4,010273$13.58/hr$10.29/hr$10.66/hr$11.61/hr$12.97/hr$21.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities350$11.52/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services140$14.27/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality45,370$11.78/hr
Other Services600$11.07/hr
Public Administration200$11.83/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northwest Minnesota 810$11.40/hr-1.2%
Central Minnesota 890$11.35/hr-0.5%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 910$10.06/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,050$10.93/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 1,100$11.34/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,520$10.25/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,520$11.34/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,700$10.81/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,050$11.57/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 2,300$9.57/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 2,420$11.56/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,450$11.04/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 3,050$11.26/hr-5.0%
Northeast Minnesota 3,060$11.25/hr1.2%
Northwest Balance of State 3,120$11.43/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 4,010$11.61/hr-1.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 29,690$11.98/hr4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 32,830$11.92/hrN/A
Minnesota 47,340$11.77/hr2.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 7,080$11.87/hr2.2%
Bartenders 17,970$11.37/hr-0.9%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4,750$11.71/hr3.4%
Food Preparation Workers 8,950$13.84/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.