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Old 01-26-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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How much do waiters/waitresses at WDW make?

I know their per hour wage is probably pretty low, but how much do you think they make in tips? At the buffets, a family of 4 might have a bill of $140 and leave a $20 tip. If 4 tables left per hour, that's $80! That's a lot more than I made at Ponderosa during high school
What do you think?
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:31 PM   #2
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It might be $ 80 total but remember you need to share tips with the wait staff, bartenders, captains and busing employees, has also included in that definition typical front-of-the-house employees such as hostesses, captains, short order cooks and sushi chefs - employees who “render service” and have contact with the guests )else so your $ 80 might be less than $40 after all is done!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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true...but i'd be really happy w/ $40/hr and getting to work at the happiest place on earth
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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I suspect you are over estimating how much the average WDW guest at a buffet tips.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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Not overestimating if guests are on the Dining Plan. I know that not everyone is, but IMO they rack up on the DDP. One server at Liberty Tree Tavern really tried to rack up on my tip. I asked that the tip be added to my KTTW card and he did my normal tip that went along with the meal(we had 11 in our party) and then added another $20 on top of that. Thankfully, I checked my account the next morning at the resort and caught it. They were able to refund his "padded" tip. I digress... I certainly don't think the servers are hurting at WDW. Probably slowed down with the economy if attendance is lower.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #6
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When we ate at Yachtsman Steakhouse we had a horrible server but were on the dining plan at the time and she ended up making $50 off of us. It definitely made me think twice about going to WDW to be a server!

**The DDP doesn't include tip anymore though

During our last trip our most expensive meal (we weren't on the DDP) was at Tutto Italia. We had great service and a great meal and we tipped our server $60. I imagine they make out pretty good at the nicer places. Being a server myself for a few years when I was younger, making that kind of money makes the not so pleasant job a little bit better (and I use "not so pleasant" to be the most pleasant way of saying what a horrible job waiting tables was)
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:34 PM   #7
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I suspect you are over estimating how much the average WDW guest at a buffet tips.
also, the turnover rate (from what we've witnessed, would guess it's closer to 2 hrs from set-up, ordering drinks, food selection & consumption of foods from multiple trips to the buffets, clean-up).

& unfortunately, many people don't tip at buffets

if a restaurant could guarantee that i would only serve people who tip like we do, i would be a waitress in a heartbeat
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:47 PM   #8
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It might be $ 80 total but remember you need to share tips with the wait staff, bartenders, captains and busing employees, has also included in that definition typical front-of-the-house employees such as hostesses, captains, short order cooks and sushi chefs - employees who “render service” and have contact with the guests )else so your $ 80 might be less than $40 after all is done!
When I spent my 7 years waitressing (not at WDW), we didn't have to share with all of those. Most of them got paid a wage and didn't have to hope we did good and shared our tips.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:57 PM   #9
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Also remember wait staff usually only report x amount of tips as income, and keep the rest tax free. Back in my day- a long time ago- I got paid 2.01/hr plus tips. Had to claim 7% of my tips as income. Average tip 20% even back then. You do the math...I put myself through college easy. The work wasn't that easy but then they wouldn't call it work!
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #10
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When I worked at Le Cellier we made $2.50.hr. We tipped out our food runners and the bussers.
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If you think you would like to do it go for it. I know servers in Vegas that make $400 a night in tips (not in a buffet though), on the other hand there are nights when you only make $100. The money serving can be great but there are down sides to the job too.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:15 PM   #12
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I tell all my kids if they want a job that makes good money for kids then wait tables or caddy. Any job involving tips can be decent if you hustle and put customers first.
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I know their per hour wage is probably pretty low, but how much do you think they make in tips?
Not being argumentative, but I think how much ANY person whose income does not directly affect my living expenses is not my business.

If a server makes $400 a night (as in post # 11), good for them. I wouldn't want to do that work.

If anyone thinks Disney (or any) server earns too much money, feel free not to tip, - or at Disney at least, assuming there are five or fewer people in your party and you're not using the Tables in Wonderland discount card (each of which involves a mandatory gratuity) - don't tip, or tip at whatever percentage YOU consider fair.

But to answer the OP's question - either $3.75 or $3.87 an hour, at least to start. A server at the higher rate who worked 40 hours, 52 weeks a year with no tips would gross (before taxes) a grand total of $8,049.60/
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Also remember wait staff usually only report x amount of tips as income, and keep the rest tax free. Back in my day- a long time ago- I got paid 2.01/hr plus tips. Had to claim 7% of my tips as income. Average tip 20% even back then. You do the math...I put myself through college easy. The work wasn't that easy but then they wouldn't call it work!
But, legally, aren't you supposed to pay taxes on the full amount of tips you receive?
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Yes, legally, any person in a typically tipped position is supposed to claim all earnings.

The 7%, or 8% from my restaurant bookkeeping experience, is the percentage of each server's checks the restaurant has to withhold and report to the IRS; the server, on the other hand, at tax time IS expected to report every penny of earnings.

Underreporting has a severe negative effect on one's Social Security earnings. I don't know how old the poster being quoted is, but it's likely Social Security will still exist when that person reaches retirement age.
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