Not About Food

Question about how servers are compensated


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Not About Food 19

Question about how servers are compensated

john333 | Jul 18, 2010 09:00 AM

Just curious about something. Are servers, in addition to their wages and tips, also compensated on the volume of sales they generate for their restaurant?

For instance, say you had two scenarios faced by a particular server:

1) A couple that doesn't eat much. Their total bill is $50 and they (in a generous mood) tip $50.

2) A couple that's hungrier. Their total bill is $200 and they tip $50.

If the restaurant rewards the server somehow based on the volume of sales, then scenario B would be preferred. If not, I think the server would prefer scenario A since the total compensation is the same with less running around to look after the customers.

Anyone know?

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound