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Waiters and Waitresses
District Of Columbia

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Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

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Currently Employed: 9,360

Projected Annual Job Openings: 510

Typical Hourly Wage: $8.79 - $12.00

Typical Annual Salary: $18,300 - $25,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Collect payments from customers.
  • 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.
  • Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
  • Check patrons' identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
  • Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
  • Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
  • Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for patrons, and chill bottles of wine.

tools & technology

  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Point of sale POS terminal
  • Touch screen monitors

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