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2014’s Best Cities for Waiters

How much do servers really make? Most expect to make the 20% tip plus $2.13 per hour. But does the actually happen? It’s a good question and one that 24/7 Wall St. wanted to get to the bottom of. To determine the best cities for waiters, they looked at the average annual wage for waiters […]

How much do servers really make? Most expect to make the 20% tip plus $2.13 per hour. But does the actually happen?

It’s a good question and one that 24/7 Wall St. wanted to get to the bottom of.

To determine the best cities for waiters, they looked at the average annual wage for waiters in each city relative to the national average. Average annual wages are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are calculated under the assumption that waiters work full time. They also looked at regional price parity from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and median household income from the Census Bureau. Employment and wage data are as of May 2013. All other data cover the 2013 calendar year.

Here are the Top 10 Best Cities for Waiters.

1. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

Annual mean wage: $29,410
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 40.9%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs:15.0 (79th lowest)

2. Burlington-South Burlington, VT

Annual mean wage: $29,160
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 39.7%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 17.3 (158th lowest)

3. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA

Annual mean wage: $28,070
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 34.4%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 18.9 (168th highest)

4. Spokane, WA

Annual mean wage: $27,340
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 30.9%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 12.4 (28th lowest)

5. Bellingham, WA

Annual mean wage: $27,130
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 29.9%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 22.7 (69th highest)

6. Honolulu, HI

Annual mean wage: $26,900
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 28.8%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 18.6 (178th highest)

7. Worcester, MA-CT

Annual mean wage: $26,570
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 27.3%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs:15.5 (98th lowest)

8. Olympia, WA

Annual mean wage: $26,530
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 27.1%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 14.6 (64th lowest)

9. Napa, CA

Annual mean wage: $26,300
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 26.0%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 36.2 (10th highest)

10. Santa Fe, NM

Annual mean wage: $25,700
Waiter wage exceeds national average: 23.1%
Waiter jobs per 1,000 jobs: 30.5 (20th highest)

Read more: 10 Best Cities for Waiters – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/12/01/10-best-cities-for-waiters/#ixzz3MByEt1Ss

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