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