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Old 06-10-2019, 01:03 PM
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My GF is 40 years old and makes on average $800 a week in tips. She works 4 days a week. Not bad to look at and can flirt her ass off. When the Snowbirds are down that goes up to about $1000. Some old farts don't tip or always show up for the early bird special lol
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:17 PM
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Try to get him a job where they have very expensive food and booze.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post

Make sure he's got a good head on his shoulders. Drugs and parties are a way of life for many in the restaurant biz.
THIS IS TRUE

Daughter worked at upscale scale restaurant in our town while in college, she would work Thurs/Fri/Sat nights for most part and would average $150-200 night . Now they also had to give part of tips to bartenders/bus boys and hostesses. When she would work a week night she might make $100 .

Depends on the restaurant and the server as well to be honest, My daughter is a 5'6" blonde with breast implants LOL

They have called my daughter and wanted her to work during summers, she is a school teacher , but she said NO WAY she wants to be around that environment anymore. Partying and drug use is VERY rampant in the restaurant, never realized how bad it was until she told me and SHOCKED at some of the ones ( I knew lot of the servers/bar tenders ) that were into blow.. She did work at another restaurant in HS as a hostess and told me that one was worse

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Old 06-10-2019, 01:45 PM
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Have you never seen Waiting?

My first bar tending gig I had in college I took the place of a guy who got aids from IV drug use. This was in Charleston, SC, in 1989.

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THIS IS TRUE

Daughter worked at upscale scale restaurant in our town while in college, she would work Thurs/Fri/Sat nights for most part and would average $150-200 night . Now they also had to give part of tips to bartenders/bus boys and hostesses. When she would work a week night she might make $100 .

Depends on the restaurant and the server as well to be honest, My daughter is a 5'6" blonde with breast implants LOL

They have called my daughter and wanted her to work during summers, she is a school teacher , but she said NO WAY she wants to be around that environment anymore. Partying and drug use is VERY rampant in the restaurant, never realized how bad it was until she told me and SHOCKED at some of the ones ( I knew lot of the servers/bar tenders ) that were into blow
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:49 PM
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I worked at several restaurants in college. Started as a server and moved up to a bartender.
As a server in a chain restaurant I would average about 150 - 200 a night. As a bartender in the same restaurant I would make 300. Most night I had to work the tables in the bar also.
My junior year in college I landed a job in a popular nightclub that was open 3 nights a week.
It had 3 different bars and 2 to 4 bartenders at each bar. The bartenders at each bar would split the tips at the end of the night. We averaged about 400 each a night and when we had concerts it was nothing to bring home 600 to 700.

The biggest problem with the nightclub was bartenders skimming out the tip jar during the night to buy blow.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:01 PM
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Donít ever look down your nose at your waiter in a good restaurant. Iím not talking about the Melís diner gum snapping diner staff. In high end restaurants a waiter may make six figures annually.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:13 PM
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Skip the server part. Start as a bar back and move straight to bartender in 30-60 days.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:15 PM
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Figuring the avg server has 20-25 seats at $25/ seat, and avg. turns are 1 1/2 (How many times a seat is taken up) that would net them about $130 per night for a 6 hr shift on a 15% avg tip.

As was stated before the bar is where the real money is made. Faster turns, and higher tip %. If your son is serious about this have him start at one of the better chains where he will get good training. Then after 1- 2 years start hunting for a better gig. Working at a chain there is also a better chance to cross train and learn the bar.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by KIMDer View Post
Holy hell man, get off your high horse. Every thread about tipping and you come off like you are God's answer to the service industry.
Usually those are the ones who don't tip period. Every thread he has to find something to hate/judge.

I tip 20% and that's a good tip. Why would I tip more? Most of the time the waiter/waitress takes the order and someone else brings the food out.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Gullpt View Post
Donít ever look down your nose at your waiter in a good restaurant. Iím not talking about the Melís diner gum snapping diner staff. In high end restaurants a waiter may make six figures annually.
Exactly but these are people that are making a career out of it and absolutely nothing wrong with that, it takes skill, talent, knowledge and hard work. I knew a couple of waiters in the early 80's that worked in some very high end restaurants in San Francisco, they were pulling down 6 figures back then, believe it.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by simeoncoleman View Post
My GF is 40 years old and makes on average $800 a week in tips. She works 4 days a week. Not bad to look at and can flirt her ass off. When the Snowbirds are down that goes up to about $1000. Some old farts don't tip or always show up for the early bird special lol
Really? No one is gonna ask?
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
My son waited tables at the beach for a couple summers. He would easily clear over $200 per evening. I think his nightly avg was $200-$300.
My wife has a master's degree but decided to wait tables for one last summer before starting her teaching career when we moved down to the coast. Was a nicer seafood restaurant on Mustang Island and she cleared $200-300 on weekend nights easily. Weekdays were slower but I don't think she ever had less than a $100 night. Helped that the place was extremely well run, had a sterling reputation, the food was/is badass and the owners are awesome.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:58 PM
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Note computation of income for tipped waitstaff.

https://www.irs.gov/faqs/interest-di...come/tips/tips



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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
Compared to kitchen or dishwasher, servers must make twice as much, right?
Yes. I high volume chain the servers on weekend dinner shifts will make 2x the kitchen staff.
Bartenders 3-4x

Biggest downside is working in an industry that likes to party.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
18 year old just graduated from High School. Starting college in Fall. Current job for caterer is only 1-2 days per week ($10/hour). Trying to convince him that being a waiter in one of the 200 restaurants here in town in his best bet. How much do servers earn at mid-range places like Sonnys, Chilis, or Olive Garden? Seems like they would have at least 5 tables per hour and get $5-10 tip per table. That is 25-50 per hour. Anybody have experience?
I advised both my stepsons to work as waiters/bartenders Thursday - Sunday while in college. We paid all their expenses, this was their pocket money. Younger son worked at Outback and then a high end restaurant in Providence and also a valet. The other was a bartender at Olive Garden. They both loved their choice of jobs while getting their business degrees. Both are gainfully employed.
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
Better yet? Pay fully in cash.
whatís cash?
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:06 PM
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My wife and I waited tables in college.
during the summer back here at the beach we would make 150-200 per night, some nights 300+.

this was back in the late 80ís early 90ís

recently my wife managed a local upscale restaurant. She left because she got tired of working 60 hours a week for a salary of peanuts when servers were walking out with 300+ per night.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by hensleyfish View Post
I would do anything in my power to stop my children from working in the restaurant industry. It is a extreme after party job. Of course not every single waiter or waitress parties after work, but they vast majority do, and I'm not talking about a few beers and the occasional joint either. I did it, it was fun as hell, plus I loved the new little sexy hostesses every two months.
I get it, but at same time, the life lessons one gets working in a restaurant are invaluable. BTDT - I knew it was not for me as a career, but worked in several through college, mostly in the kitchen and it really showed me the value of hard work - promotions/recognition etc., and what it takes to succeed in life - those same elements you are worried about can also show as a great example of what not to do, far more effectively than Dad telling me stuff. Seeing it first hand, made the right choice easy. The other thing that worked for me was seeing how many different foods are prepared - learned a lot of skills I use every day. So, it is not all bad.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:22 AM
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When I was in HS, I worked as a busboy in a restaurant. I averaged about $8/hr while some of my friends were working at gas stations or grocery stores for the the minimum wage of around $2. The waiters were making $150-200/night for 6 hours of work. That was in 1978-79. I don't know how it is today but I'd guess it's still decent money.
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Originally Posted by KIMDer View Post
Holy hell man, get off your high horse. Every thread about tipping and you come off like you are God's answer to the service industry.
Sounds more like Jesse Ventura.
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