25 Best Cities to Be a Waiter

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15. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.73
No. of waiters: 15,510 (16.99 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 2% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 1,655 (top 10%)

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14. Fresno, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $14.85
No. of waiters: 4,140 (11.81 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 4% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 519 (top 25%)

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13. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $15.02
No. of waiters: 2,100 (16.31 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 18% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 265

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12. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $15.27
No. of waiters: 112,820 (16.85 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 22 above average
No. of full-service restaurants: 20,286 (top 10%)

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11. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $15.48
No. of waiters: 1,890 (20.30 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 25% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 278