Responsibilities, of course, may change from restaurant to restaurant, since the work environment and company rules differ. But the basic waitress duties remain the same in all the restaurants. Some women like to opt for a full-time job, while some work on hourly wages. Encompassed here is the job description and salary range of a waitress in detail.
- She is expected to provide the menu card to the customers and clear their doubts regarding certain dishes as well.
- She can also make some recommendations, if required.
- She has to note down the order placed by the customer and then, read out the placed order to the customer for confirmation.
- The order is then delivered to the kitchen, and once the meal is ready, she has to take it to the table.
- After serving, she has to ask if the customer requires something else.
- After the customer finishes the meal, she has to politely enquire if he/she needs dessert. If yes, she has to follow the same procedure as described earlier.
- Then, she has to present the bill and carry the payment to the counter.
- This list comprised just basic duties; a waitress has other responsibilities as well.
- She has to attend phone calls and take reservations.
- She also prepares the bill that specifies cost of each food item ordered by the customer.
- There are no special educational requirements for becoming a waitress; generally, restaurants expect at least a high school degree.
- There are certain vocational schools that offer special training for this job, and some of the restaurants prefer hiring such waitresses with basic training.
- The salary of a waitress completely depends on the restaurant and the area where the restaurant is located.
- Most of the earnings are in the form of tips, rather than regular wages.
- On an average, the median salary earned by a well-experienced waitress is around USD 23,000.
- A beginner may earn only between USD 2 to USD 11 per hour.
- In New York, the average hourly wage is around USD 8.66, while in Los Angeles it is around USD 10.27.
- The tip depends on customer's satisfaction with the services. The nicer the behavior, better are the tips.