OT: NOLA Serving/Bartending Jobs Question
I am moving to NOLA in October and have a question for any servers/bartenders there:
I have restaurant experience (5+ years ago however) up here in the northeast, and I've never been asked for "salary requirements" - we just got paid a minimum wage salary and lived off the tips.
But perusing the various employment sections of all the NOLA restaurant sites, all of the application forms have a "Salary Requirement" section. Whats the story with this?
Do y'all typically get paid a salary + tips? What is a fair "salary requirement" for someone looking to get back into the business?
Thank you for the response.
I work in the French Quarter and used to work at a restaurant Uptown. Many of my friends work as servers and bartenders so this response is based on personal experience and their experiences. Unfortunately nearly all servers get paid $2.13 an hour in this city (this probably goes for the whole state, given the state law allowing such) plus tips. Depending on the bar/restaurant, established clientel, business you bring in, etc. bartenders will sometimes get "shift pay" plus tips and a cut of the waiters' tips/sales. This is probably the part that is salary negotiable based on experience and other factors. Good luck!