What does a Busser do?

Bussers are responsible for providing a clean and pleasant dining experience by clearing, sanitizing, and resetting tables, and ensuring the dining room is well-stocked and tidy. The majority of bussers work at restaurants.

Bussers generally have a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, many bussers enhance their employability by getting a food handler certification card, which is obtained by taking a short course or program that covers food safety. The best bussers work well in a team environment and are comfortable working long hours on their feet.

What responsibilities are common for Busser jobs?
  • Clear tables of dishware and napkins after meals, and return them to the kitchen
  • Prepare coffee, tea, and ice water for customers
  • Keep floors and chairs near dining tables clean by sweeping and mopping
  • Maintain appropriate stock levels of glassware, silverware, and dishware
  • Clean, sanitize, and reset tables after meals
  • Refill salt, pepper, and other condiments at tables
  • Assist servers with food delivery
  • Keep designated service stations clean and well stocked
What are the typical qualifications for Busser jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred
  • Restaurant experience preferred
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations, including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a food handler certification card
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Busser Salaries

Average Base Pay

$27,979 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $28K
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Busser Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
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Busser Insights

Read what Busser professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Stein Eriksen LodgeStein Eriksen Lodge
Busser/Food Runner
Apr 4, 2021

“Management is one of the worse in any hospitality group I have ever worked for.”

Miguel’s CocinaMiguel’s Cocina
Apr 5, 2022

“It was fun and helpful”

Oct 1, 2021

“pay is not very good and bussing is not fun”

Off The Hook Restaurant GroupOff The Hook Restaurant Group
Jan 19, 2022

“Very organized and good pay.”

Gaucho EntertainmentGaucho Entertainment
Feb 21, 2021

“Both good pay and sociable.”

Mar 17, 2021

“Had to work all holidays and I love my kids so that's the only down side.”

Sept 24, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Bowery Street Restaurant
Jun 4, 2020

“Not applicable everyone is so nice”

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Busser Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Busser

When working as a Busser, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English, Interpersonal and Communication, Strong WORK Ethic, Job Descriptions and Confidence.

The most similar professions to Busser are:
  • Food And Beverage Manager
  • Bartender
  • Barista
  • Server

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