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Waiter Average UK Salary & Prospects

Waiters serve food and drinks to customers in restaurants and cafes, take orders and handle payments.

  • greeting customers as they arrive and showing them to their table
  • giving out menus and taking orders for food and drink
  • serving food and drinks
  • dealing with bill payments
  • making sure tables are clean and tidy

Waiters typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Waiter you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching
Read more about Waiter
* from ONETonline
Average salary
16,286 GBP *
per year
12,000 GBP
27,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Waiter
  • 15,383 GBP
Average salary for part-time Waiter
Average salary for full-time Waiter

  • 6,832 GBP
  • 6,873 GBP
  • 6,714 GBP
  • 16,286 GBP
  • 15,383 GBP
Pay over time for Waiter

Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
  • 18,321 GBP

Future outlook for Waiters

Balanced outlook
144 000+ jobs available
Very good outlook
6% yearly wage growth (on average)
Fair outlook
73% chance of automation in the future

Waiter - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Waiter and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 70% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 8% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 6% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

You could prepare for this job by doing a college course to get some of the skills you'll need. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
  • Level 1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Waiter

Functional Skills

Things to highlight for your Waiter interview

Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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