Waiters and Waitresses (35-3031)

Occupation description:  Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment. Excludes Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop (35-3022).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 4,6785,105 9.1362 555960
United States 2,600,5002,783,000 7.0199,200 305,300522,750

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.158.278.98 10.0113.3019.33
Alaska 13.229.9310.31 11.3813.7420.47
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 13.759.9210.24 11.4516.0022.27
Fairbanks North Star Borough 13.2710.1910.67 11.4614.0520.35
Southeast Region 12.719.9210.44 11.3912.9919.12
Balance of State 11.499.9310.20 11.1312.0813.89

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
6,0831,910 31.418.2 12.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation2,327
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation71
UI claimants previously working in occupation615
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 3,144
Number of job position postings 267
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 11.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska CHARR   (Anchorage)
ServSafe
Training for Alcohol Professionals

 Degree
Alaska Hospitality Retailers   (Anchorage)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certification
Cottage Foods

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Foodservice Technology AAS