25 Best Cities to Be a Waiter

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5. Napa, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $16.97
No. of waiters: 2,190 (30.90 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 22% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 150

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4. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $17.4
No. of waiters: 720 (16.21 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 2% less than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 119

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3. Salinas, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $17.84
No. of waiters: 3,750 (22.74 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 8% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 380

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2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $17.93
No. of waiters: 22,670 (20.30 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 25% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 5,375 (top 10%)

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1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Avg. hourly wage, waiters: $18.07
No. of waiters: 28,500 (17.30 per 1,000 jobs)
Cost of living: 11% greater than nat’l avg.
No. of full-service restaurants: 3,559 (top 10%)