25 Best Cities to Be a Waiter

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10. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $15.52
No. of waiters: 14,770 (14.13 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 27% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 1,748 (top 10%)

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9. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $15.55
No. of waiters: 2,470 (21.89 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 7% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 340

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8. Santa Rosa, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $16.11
No. of waiters: 4,690 (24.24 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 21% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 523 (top 25%)

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7. Bremerton-Silverdale, WA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $16.16
No. of waiters: 1,310 (15.62 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 6% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 191

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6. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $16.83
No. of waiters: 29,010 (20.91 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 16% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 2,593 (top 10%)