According to a report from Restaurant Opportunities Center United, 7 of the 10 lowest-paid occupations in the U.S. being restaurant occupations. It’s no wonder that the minimum wage debate often centers around the salary of waitresses and waiters.
The Restaurant Wage Gap: Men vs. Women
Who takes home more on a weekly basis?
The minimum wage debate has sparked many conversations:
- No tipping
- Labor costs
- FOH vs. BOH salaries
7 out of 10 of the lowest-paid occupations in the U.S. are restaurant occupations
71%: Female servers in restaurants
Across front of house jobs like waiters and waitresses, white male workers are paid higher restaurant wages.
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California: state with the nation’s largest restaurant industry
California’s average hourly rate:
- White male workers = $15.06
- Non-white males = $12.85
- White women = $11.56
- Non-white women = $10.02
This means, a woman makes about 67 cents, to a man’s $1.
But the national average is $0.79
A weekly restaurant wage:
- Waiter: $501
- Waitress: $411
That’s a $90 difference
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