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Old 04-29-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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Hi Guys. Just wondering if you can make a decent living in the Tampa area in the service industry. We are currently living in Vegas where we make a great living in the industry (about 160K a year cash). Dont want to raise a daughter in Vegas though. Would really love to hear from someone in the gaming industry most. We both work in local gaming bars here in Vegas where the locals really know how to tip well. Not unusual for 3 or 4 locals to throw a $100 tip on the bar. A typical busy Friday or Saturday night is usually a $700 night. Now I know that wont be the case in the Tampa area but can you make 50-60K a year down there? Any input would be great.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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I am not sure there is a gaming industry in Tampa. Florida is not Nevada.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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Ever hear of the Hard Rock? I think they consider that to be gaming.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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Ever hear of the Hard Rock? I think they consider that to be gaming.
Tampa is not Vegas, I'd think $30K would be more like it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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Ever hear of the Hard Rock? I think they consider that to be gaming.
Yes, I think that I might have heard of the Hard Rock, once. Thank you. Still, as someone else posted after me, Tampa is not Vegas and Florida is not Nevada.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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Thank you for pointing out that Tampa is not Vegas. I had no clue. Anyone with some REAL insight I would love to hear from you. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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In this economy, I would say it would be rough. If you are making that kind of money out there, I think that would be hard to leave. I myself am not a bartender or server, however I have had many friends/relatives in the past who did this for a living. There was a time when one could make a real good living in Tampa at the right place. I don't think you can even come close now, but I could be wrong. Maybe someone from the Hard rock can weigh in, because that is probably your best bet if you want to relocate here.

Good luck.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I have many friends in the service industry(I used to be a GM at a few hotels in Tampa), and I will tell you it is from one extrmem to another totally depending on where you work. High end restaurant bartenders/servers can make upwards of 60k, Bell men at full service hotels can make up to 60k, during Super Bowl, I knew some to bring in 400-500/night. At high end night clubs, servers and bartenders can easily bring in close to 300/night or close to $1000 for a busy Thurs thru Sat nights.

Now on the opposite end are the small cafe's, cheap diner like places, and chains which would be good to bring in about 35-40k if they are busy.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I work at a neighborhood restaurant in South Tampa. The people tend to be weak tippers usually.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:17 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses guys!
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