Average Busser Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


Bussers, also referred to as dining room attendants—or way back in the day, busboys—help out servers and bartenders at restaurants. They:

  • Clean tables

  • Take plates, utensils and drinkware to the kitchen to be washed

  • Make sure water glasses are full

  • Reset tables for the next customer

  • Help servers bring food out to a table

  • Restock utensils, napkins and other dining room needs

Bussers aren’t considered front-line workers like servers are, but good customer service and a neat appearance are still required.

Example busser job description

We’re looking for a busser to help support our servers and set up our dining areas.

Busser responsibilities include properly setting tables, refilling beverages and cleaning tables. If you like a fast-paced job and want to work your way up in the hospitality industry, we’d like to meet you. You’ll help ensure our daily operations run smoothly and our guests have a great dining experience.

Typical duties include:

  • Prepare tables before guests are seated

  • Make sure tables are decorated with candles, napkins, tablecloths and flowers

  • Place plates, utensils and condiments on tables

  • Serve water and breadsticks

  • Refill beverages

  • Remove dirty utensils and replace as needed

  • Clean and reset tables after guests leave

  • Maintain health and safety regulations in kitchen and dining room


  • Experience as a busser, food runner or other entry-level restaurant position is a plus

  • Flexibility to work all shifts, including weekends, evenings and holidays

  • Understanding of hygiene and food safety rules

  • Ability to carry heavy trays and stand for long hours

  • Ability to remain professional in a fast-paced environment

Common questions about busser jobs

How much does a busser make?

The average busser makes about $10.50 an hour. The pay can be higher if the restaurant has a tip pool where tips are shared among servers, bussers and front-of-house staff.

What are the education requirements?

A high school education or equivalent is recommended but not required. Most training is on-the-job.

Career paths for bussers

Bussers are usually entry-level positions for people in the restaurant industry. Once a busser has experience, they can move up to become a server, a line cook or a host or hostess.

The future of bussers

Tables need to be cleaned, so bussers aren’t going anywhere. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall job opportunities for bussers and other server assistants are predicted to rise 14% from 2016-26.

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