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OT: NOLA Serving/Bartending Jobs Question

nola17 Sep 20, 2008 09:07 AM


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.

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    igloominaboom Sep 21, 2008 11:13 AM

    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!

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      nola17 Sep 21, 2008 07:54 PM

      Thanks for the reply - this is what I am used to, and what I was expecting - which is why the "salary requirement" question was confusing!

      Thanks again.

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      scaustin1 Sep 22, 2008 06:11 PM

      Mostly it is to get an idea of how much you expect to make. If you are expecting 1000/week from a bistro they will probably tell you to think again. Mostly this section is for kitchen people.

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