If you...

  • like getting to know people

  • enjoy being active

  • would like to have available cash in your pockets often

....then a job as a server might be an interesting choice for you!

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Main responsibilities of a server

A server is the main point of contact with a restaurant’s customers.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Creating a good relationship with customers

  • Helping customers make an informed meal choice

  • Inform the kitchen and bar of customers’ choices and special requests

  • Bring food to customers' tables and remove dinnerware when they're done

  • Bring the check to customers and collect payments

  • Clean up tables and dining areas, as well as tidy up any spills


Which one of the following is NOT a Server's responsibility?

Should I work as a server?

Person, says

Consider working as a server if you have the following skills:

  • Basic math skills

  • Attentiveness and patience when interacting with customers

  • Active listening skills

  • Effective communication skills

  • Teamwork and time management skills

  • Ability to multitask


A good server...

Pros and cons of being a server


  • It requires no formal education, just training.

  • Daily tips are usually customary.

  • Work schedules are very flexible.

  • There is an ongoing opportunity to develop soft skills and communication skills.


  • You likely have to work on weekends or during the holidays.

  • You might have to deal with difficult customers.

  • The work can get quite stressful.

  • Customers can sometimes be rude and demanding.


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Consider the average salary and tips for a server in the United States and Canada to help you make your final decision:

United States

Flaticon Icon Average Annual Salary: $39,737 USD

Average Tips per day: $100 USD — this is dependent on factors such as your level of experience, and the location and frequency of customers.


Flaticon Icon Average Annual Salary: $29,810 CAD

Average Tips per day: 15 to 25% — this is dependent on factors such as the quality of service received by customers, and their familiarity with the restaurant.

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