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Old 03-14-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Ok, I am from CT and 22 years old and have a basic question regarding the tampa bay area (weather, low house prices ton's of reasons but no need to list) I am very interested in relocating here but my main concern like everyone else's is a job. How is the job market for servers and would it be hard to find one. Is there anyone that does it part time and can explain what to expect for an income. I have alot of reserves so this would be a temperary thing while I look for a finance job. I typically can make 7-800 a week if I was full time in CT and is more than enough to live comfortably as my car is paid off and don't have much debt. Please anyone with advice also on Finance related jobs, but I would start as a server as I think those jobs are easier to come by but not positive thanks
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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Serving jobs are usually relatively easy to find. Expect to make wait staff minimum wage ($4.21 last I heard), plus whatever else you make in tips.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:57 AM
 
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yes I am aware of the low min. wage, but I would like to know if I was to work at a sports bar, do you end up making decent tips. does anyone have serving experience in Tampa and how much did you end up making on average and where was it? Is it possible to live down here with a house serving full time. I do have some real estate experience in investing so I would purchase a bank REO with some minor cosmetic work to buy my house, Or a duplex which would make a mortgage alot more affordable. thanks
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Hmm. Depends on what area of town you are working in and what restaurant specifically, of course. I don't work in hospitality anymore, but I was a server for several years. I work at mid and high level places in Citrus Park and International/Westshore area. At the mid-level places, I worked about 32 hours a week and made approx. $500-$700 a week, really depending on the season, what shifts I worked, etc. At the high-level places, I made $800-$1100 a week.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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very nice so a decent life can be acheived by doing that it seems like ? any one else with some input will be apperciated! thanks
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:25 AM
 
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Well i saw yesterday that the sports type of pub on my route to work is hiring servers so i don't think it will be impossible to find a server/waiter job in FL.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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awesome so that is good to know. thanks for everyone's help
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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Hmm. Depends on what area of town you are working in and what restaurant specifically, of course. I don't work in hospitality anymore, but I was a server for several years. I work at mid and high level places in Citrus Park and International/Westshore area. At the mid-level places, I worked about 32 hours a week and made approx. $500-$700 a week, really depending on the season, what shifts I worked, etc. At the high-level places, I made $800-$1100 a week.
That seems a lot. Can you make that kind of money in any ole' typical restaurant like Apple Bees in any fairly big city in the country?

What criteria do you need to get that kind of high paying serving job?
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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That seems a lot. Can you make that kind of money in any ole' typical restaurant like Apple Bees in any fairly big city in the country?

What criteria do you need to get that kind of high paying serving job?
There are bars that people are making 300+ a night. I know of someone that made $1200 on St Pattys day at a regular bar/resturant. There is a bartender at blue martini that lives in montreal and flys in to tampa every weekend for work.

There are high paying jobs for servers in tampa, primarily if you are female. Some bars have an all-female staff. Bar Louie, Blue Martini, The Lodge, Brickhouse, all come to mind without even putting thought into it. The International plaza area is great for this because there are a lot of business travelers putting the tab on the company card.
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