Waiters and Waitresses

3.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $12.50 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 71% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Social Perceptiveness
Assisting and Caring for Others
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Waiters and Waitresses' job openings is expected to rise 10.3% by 2031
'Waiters and Waitresses' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Waiters and Waitresses' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Waiters and Waitresses' was $26,000, or $12.50 hourly
'Waiters and Waitresses' are paid 43.2% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as waiters and waitresses?

As of 2021 there were 1,804,030 people employed as Waiters and Waitresses within the United States.
This represents around 1.28% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 78 people are employed as Waiters and Waitresses.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 35-3031.00


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Chloe (No chance) says
I do think robots could replace waiters at certain restaurants but not entirely. As a waitress I feel a lot of the customers are looking for a waitress not a robot or a screen to press, they’re coming to be served and for the personal interaction. Just look at places like hooters or the restaurants where the staff is paid to make crude jokes and insults to you. A robot can’t do that.
May 24, 2021 at 04:16 AM
Bruna says
Will robots also hear your romantic dramas or give you advice? Waiters' job is also about interaction
May 20, 2021 at 09:54 PM
Jeffro (Small chance) says
Upscale restaurant servers will always be human.
Apr 13, 2021 at 07:55 PM
Julia says
I really hope not, some waiters and waitresses are really nice
Oct 25, 2020 at 02:29 PM
austin (Could go either way) says
i certainly see fast food waiters being eliminated however "fancy" dine-in i think is less likely
Jun 11, 2020 at 02:18 AM
Noah R (No chance) says
It’s not that it can’t be done but I don’t think people would be receptive to having robot servers
Feb 20, 2020 at 06:38 PM
Abhudya (Highly likely) says
Because some hotels have already done it.
Jan 12, 2020 at 06:32 PM
Jon says
Has anyone seen Sam and Cat? Just do the same thing they did.
Nov 14, 2019 at 05:08 PM
Eilidh Muir (Small chance) says
People appreciate the human experience and especially in service industries.
Oct 29, 2019 at 10:14 AM
Cal says
Yeah, I don't think people who eat out at restaurants enjoy emotionless robots catering to them. I don't see waiters going anywhere for the next few decades.
Jun 29, 2021 at 01:38 PM
Robert winning (Highly likely) says
It is a simple task to program
Sep 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM
undyingderp says
keep in mind robot cafes are a novelty right now, it's not gonna change in under 5 years
Jun 29, 2019 at 06:33 AM
heavenlee moneyham (Highly likely) says
there is already a resturant run by robots
Apr 04, 2019 at 04:39 PM

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