Any current/former waitresses out there?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I waitressesed in high school at a little diner that didn’t serve alcohol and the average meal was $8. I always made at least $10 an hour in tips. I know you would make tons more at a nicer restaurant that served alcohol. I made $2.13 per hour and I was taxed 10% of the food I sold. My taxes came our of the $2.13 per hour. So, my paycheck was only $30 or so since I only worked part time. I always made more than 10% of th food I sold. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  I’m a waitress at a steakhouse, and I love my job. I make 8 dollars an hour, but I do get taxed very high, because we get taxed on our sales. It all depends on the type of restaurant that you work at. If you work at a chain, they typically only get 3/4 tables at a time. I work five days a week at a family owned steakhouse and we can get really busy and get up to 10-12 tables at a time. It is a very difficult job, but I love it, because it is worth the money.

I have a bachelors degree, but I am still working at the restaurant, because I make more money here than I would at a starting salary in my degree. On average I make anywhere from 100-170 a night, and I only work 4-6 hour shifts. I love the hours, because I am home all day long and start work at 4-5 and get off by 10.  My work closes at 9, so I always get out by 10. All of this completely depends on the type of restaurant that you work at though. It’s worth a try though if you are interested! Oh yeah, and we do side work after our shift ends which is SOSing, stocking, filling salt and peppers and sugars. Not too hard at all. I plan on staying where I am as long as I can, because it’s a good job to have because when we start having kids, I can be home all day with them. 

And at least in California, it’s not always easy to get hired without experience, but it doesn’t hurt to apply at places. Or you can apply as a hostess and if you do a good job, you can get promoted to a server. 🙂 Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  I am extremely grateful for my degree, and thankful for being a server, because it really helped me pay for college and pay for our wedding. I have student loans, but they are not too bad considering! I am planning on getting my masters degree too, but I am waiting a while before I do so. I originally was planning on getting a 9-5 job right after I graduated, but when I realized that I would be making the same amount I do now and be working double the amount, I realized that it’s not worth it for me right now. I say go for it! 🙂 

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was a waitress for 5 years. If you want to make money, dont work in a chain restaurant! Find a popular steakhouse or grill that had tons of seating.  Go eat there one night and look at how many tables one person has. The amount your section has is everything.  

Be open to working Friday Saturdays and Sunday brunches (if available) Thursdays are usually good too. Nights are always better. 

be prepared to do massive amounts of side work after your Shift.  The better you do the better section you get (side work and otherwise). Side work is cutting bucketloads of lemons, cleaning out a dessert fridge, etc etc and doesn’t include the hour you’ll spend cleaning all your tables and filling salt and pepper shakers and ketchup. 

You could also start as a hostess and then gravitate towards taking waitressing shifts. 

I was was taking home $700 a week in cash.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

let me clarify in side work. You rotate what side work you end up with. It’s not always the same. all the places I worked at it depended on what section you had. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I made $2.12 an hour waitressing at a historic/old-fashioned BBQ place in my hometown.  It was one of, like, four restaurants in town, lol, and pretty popular with the locals and always on the list for tourists.  We served a loooooooooooot of alcohol.

I was hired on at 14 (!!!) and I worked there all through high school, then in the summers after college until my junior year.  I never went home on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with less than $50-$75 in tips, and generally, weekends were “hundred-dollar days.”  Weekdays, not so much – we’re talking like $20-$40.

My biggest complaint about waitressing was that one time, my paycheck came, and I OWED money to the restaurant ….  Yup.

We had to report our tips each night, and our employers had the payroll person take taxes out of not only our hourly pay but our tips also.  So the taxes we owed on tips came out of the paycheck.  That was all fine and dandy, except this one weekend when I worked three fifteen-hour days.  That should have made my paycheck around $90 or so.  But because I worked so long so many days, I also made out with a total of like $400 in tips.  And – surprise – I owed like 28% of that to taxes, which had to come out of my paycheck, and it was more than my total paycheck so my paycheck was like negative twenty bucks that I owed the restaurant.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Imabigkidnow:  

@BellaDee:  You both have mentioned doing side work after your shift ends. Are you saying that you are not being paid for this work? That would be against the law here.

Post # 14
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203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@julies1949:  No, you do side work while on the clock still. It’s just you typically don’t get tables while you are doing your side work. I start my side work once I start getting slow (not very many tables) at the end of the night. Depending on what station you are on, the side work can vary. At my work, you typically do side work for like 30-40 minutes. It’s not hard stuff, just tedious. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

 @Birdiebaby4:  @BellaDee: confirmed what I was saying. At chain restaurants it can be difficult to make a lot of money, because they do not allow you to have more than 3-4 tables at once. At my work we can get up to like 12, which is crazyyyyy busy. But it’s how we make money. I typically make 750-800 a week in cash, but my checks are pretty small. I make like 150 every two weeks on my checks. This is fine with me. 🙂 It’s good money for the hours, imo.

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