Table 1

Most common restaurant industry occupations, 2014

Occupation Share of restaurant industry employment Median wage
Cashiers and counter attendants 11.5% $8.23
Dishwashers 2.6% $8.62
Food preparation workers 9.3% $8.95
Hosts and hostesses 3.2% $9.00
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers (e.g., bussers) 2.6% $9.13
Cooks 16.8% $9.38
Waiters and waitresses 23.3% $10.15
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers 4.7% $11.49
Chefs and head cooks 3.0% $12.34
Bartenders 3.9% $12.68
Managers 10.3% $15.42

Note: The occupations in this table comprise 91.4 percent of total restaurant industry employment. To ensure sufficient sample sizes, this table draws from pooled 2011Q3–2014Q2 microdata. Wage data include tips.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

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