Your feedback helps Glassdoor refine our salary estimates over time. Have you ever wondered: “How much do servers earn? One of the first things I realized, when I got a full-time job in my chosen field (advertising), was that I didn't earn much more than the average waiter salary I earned during college. In fact, I was earning less and I felt a bit assaulted. Not largely, just because I felt like I had done the favor of false advertising.
I understood the idea that getting a job in my field after graduating would mean some kind of pay increase, and I was disappointed to learn that wasn't the case. I think it's very valuable to start in your field as soon as possible and I would never discourage you. However, reducing our perspectives enough to consider it the only acceptable path is not productive either. I sincerely believe that, although my professional experience is invaluable to me, I gained more as a servant than in my initial job.
That's, of course, unique in my workplace experience. However, in some of the notoriously underpaid industries (publishing, for example), the salary of a waiter or waiter can be well above what employees earn, even after having risen from 2 to 3 salary grades. Of course, it's perfectly fine if you prefer a 9 to 5 job, because you like that structure and stability. And there are many other entry-level jobs that pay at much higher levels than those that my main communication partners and I were exposed to.
But as someone who worked as a beginner at an advertising agency for a year and as a waiter for 4 years, this was an exact breakdown of my financial experience during every opportunity. Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
When I worked in corporate restaurants, they offered me health benefits if I chose to work full time, so serving has the potential to be comparable to an entry-level job in that regard.