Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
SOC: 35-9011.00


Facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
415,300 employed

Projected (2024):
440,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Banquet Houseperson
  • Banquet Set Up Person
  • Bar Attendant
  • Bar Back
  • Barmaid
  • Bartender Helper
  • Beverage Server
  • Breakfast Attendant
  • Buffet Attendant
  • Bus Boy
  • Bus Person
  • Busboy
  • Busser
  • Cafe Helper
  • Cafeteria Aide
  • Cafeteria Assistant
  • Cafeteria Attendant
  • Cafeteria Helper
  • Cafeteria Table Attendant
  • Cafeteria Worker
  • Carry Out Clerk
  • Club Attendant
  • Coffee Attendant
  • Coffee Bar Attendant
  • Counter Supply Worker
  • Dietary Aid
  • Dietary Aide
  • Dining Room Attendant
  • Dining Room Busser
  • Dining Room Helper
  • Dining Room Tables Set Up Attendant
  • Dumb Waiter Operator
  • Floorperson
  • Food Expeditor
  • Food Service Attendant
  • Iceman
  • Kitchen Aide
  • Kitchen Help Handyman
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Line Server
  • Lunchroom Aide
  • Lunchroom Attendant
  • Lunchroom Worker
  • Nutrition Aide
  • Restaurant Worker
  • Room Attendant
  • Server
  • Server Assistant
  • Shift Manager
  • Silver Steward
  • Silver Wrapper
  • Tray Setter
  • Water Attendant
  • Water Carrier

  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed


    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Wipe tables or seats with dampened cloths or replace dirty tablecloths.
  • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, or other supplies.
  • Scrape and stack dirty dishes and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
  • Clean up spilled food or drink or broken dishes and remove empty bottles and trash.
  • Perform serving, cleaning, or stocking duties in establishments, such as cafeterias or dining rooms, to facilitate customer service.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of items such as clean linens, silverware, glassware, dishes, or trays.
  • Serve ice water, coffee, rolls, or butter to patrons.
  • Fill beverage or ice dispensers.
  • Stock cabinets or serving areas with condiments and refill condiment containers.
  • Locate items requested by customers.
  • Carry food, dishes, trays, or silverware from kitchens or supply departments to serving counters.
  • Serve food to customers when waiters or waitresses need assistance.
  • Clean and polish counters, shelves, walls, furniture, or equipment in food service areas or other areas of restaurants and mop or vacuum floors.
  • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
  • Replenish supplies of food or equipment at steam tables or service bars.
  • Run cash registers.
  • Wash glasses or other serving equipment at bars.
  • Garnish foods and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
  • Carry linens to or from laundry areas.
  • Stock refrigerating units with wines or bottled beer or replace empty beer kegs.
  • Mix and prepare flavors for mixed drinks.
  • Slice and pit fruit used to garnish drinks.
  • Stock vending machines with food.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Blenders
  • Carbonated beverage dispensers
  • Cash registers
  • Chefs' knives
  • Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial dishwashers
  • Commercial microwave ovens
  • Food processors
  • Fruit pitters
  • Fruit zesters
  • Garbage disposals
  • Glass washing machines
  • Ice-making machines
  • Juice dispensers
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Soft-serve ice cream machines
  • Steam tables
  • Cafe Cartel Systems
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Plexis Software Plexis POS
  • RestaurantPlus PRO

  • food preparation and serving related

    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850