Waitresses, Waiters Pay

Old 11-18-2018, 12:08 PM
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We have heard that some states do not have any minimum wage for wait staff. We are in Arizona for the winter and even though we do not eat out very often because of my food allergies, I would like clarification. What would they be paid here and what would be expected for a tip? Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:00 PM
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Most waitresses do not get minimum wages. They rely on tips to make up the difference. Nowadays tips go from 10 to 20% of the bill. I think most lean towards the upper amounts.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:24 PM
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I think you're safe to assume that they are getting paid below minimum wage. I believe that 20% is the amount you're supposed to tip. For excellent service, I tip 25 - 30%
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:44 PM
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Wait staff here don't get a wage. They are expected to collect tips and they are taxed.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:46 PM
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https://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm
This explains how it works if you can follow it,
We usually tip around 20%.
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:44 PM
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Waitressing is the most overworked, underpaid job you will ever have. I did it for 5 years. Tips make all the difference.
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:47 PM
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Tipped employees get paid at least $2.13 an hour. In some states they get paid more. (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Connecticut).
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
Waitressing is the most overworked, underpaid job you will ever have. I did it for 5 years. Tips make all the difference.
I totally agree. I was a waitress and then a bartender for 10+ years. I made a good living but really worked for it. 10 and 11 hour days occurred weekly. Tips make all the difference is so true.
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:53 PM
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having waited before, the wages are way below minimum because employers are able to count the tips in what "they" pay and meet labor laws where there is a minimum required. So I almost always tip 20% unless the service is terrible.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:14 AM
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I never was a waitress which is lucky for any one who was eating in a restaurant in which I might have worked! I know I would have dropped a tray for sure. My kids waited tables when they were in college and from them I learned how demanding that job can be. We always tip at least 20% even if the service is bad because who know what that poor server is dealing with.
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