25 Best Cities to Be a Waiter

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20. Bend-Redmond, OR
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.2
No. of waiters: 2,170 (28.92 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 1% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 207

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19. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.21
No. of waiters: 76,380 (17.24 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 18% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 10,904 (top 10%)

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18. El Centro, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.46
No. of waiters: 620 (11.46 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 11% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 70 (bottom 25%)

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17. Walla Walla, WA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.64
No. of waiters: 220 (8.64 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 5% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 48 (bottom 10%)

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16. Modesto, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.65
No. of waiters: 2,710 (15.72 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 2% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 293