Head Waiter/Waitress

Supervise the dining room employees in providing services to the diners.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Head Waiter/Waitresses do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of dining-room employees engaged in providing courteous and rapid service to diners: Greets guests and escorts them to tables. Schedules dining reservations. Arranges parties for patrons. Adjusts complaints regarding food or service. Hires and trains dining-room employees. Notifies payroll department regarding work schedules and time records. May assist in preparing menus. May plan and execute details for banquets [STEWARD/STEWARDESS, BANQUET; MANAGER, CATERING]. May supervise WAITERS/WAITRESSES, ROOM SERVICE and be designated Captain, Room Service.

Should I be a Head 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: Head Silverman, Head Waiter, Headwaiter/Headwaitress, Head Waitress, Waiter/Waitress, Head

    How to become a Head Waiter/Waitress

    Most Head Waiter/Waitresses have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ccdae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%285%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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