Dining Car Waiter/Waitress

Serve passengers in railroad dining car.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $30,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dining Car Waiter/Waitresses do?

Serves passengers in railroad dining car: Presents menu to patrons, makes suggestions, and answers questions regarding food and service. Takes order from patron and presents it to COOK, RAILROAD. Serves food to passenger. Computes cost of meal. Accepts money from patron and returns change. Removes dishes from table and carries them to kitchen. Places clean linen, silverware, and glassware on table according to rules of etiquette. Washes glassware and silverware. May prepare salads, appetizers, and cold dishes. May receive and store linen supplies. May prepare and serve mixed drinks. May be designated according to specialty as Bar Attendant; Pantry Attendant.

Should I be a Dining Car Waiter/Waitress?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Dining Car Server, Waiter/Waitress, Dining Car, Waitstaff Captain

    How to Become a
    Dining Car Waiter/Waitress

    Most Dining Car Waiter/Waitresses have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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