What does a Dishwasher do?

Dishwashers are responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and sanitization of dishes, tableware, glassware, pots, pans, and utensils through manual and machine cleaning methods. Additionally, dishwashers are expected to keep the dishwarshing area clean and safe.

Dishwashers generally have a high school diploma or equivalent. Many dishwashers enhance their employability by getting a food handler certification card, which is obtained by taking a short course or program that covers food safety. Dishwashers need strong prioritization and organizational skills.

What responsibilities are common for Dishwasher jobs?
  • Scrape, rinse, and load dishes and utensils into dish machine
  • Wash and sanitize all pans, utensils, and dishes
  • Clean, sanitize, and maintain dish machine
  • Unload dishes and utensils from dish machine and organize them properly
  • Empty trash containers regularly
  • Maintain a clean work area and kitchen by sweeping and mopping as needed
  • Perform additional cleaning duties as requested
  • Clean food prep stations and equipment
What are the typical qualifications for Dishwasher jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred
  • Restaurant or customer service experience preferred
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a food handler certification card
  • Must be able to stand continuously throughout an 8 hour shift
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Comfortable bending, climbing, reaching, stooping, and moving quickly
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Working knowledge of sanitation procedures
  • Ability to read, write, and speak in English
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Dishwasher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$33,858 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $34K
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Dishwasher Career Path

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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Prep Cook/Dishwasher
Feb 7, 2022

“It was also nice when you were able to work with certain people who you got along with pretty well.”

Prep Cook/Dishwasher
Oct 27, 2021

“Good for extra money but nothing to live off of unless you are a cook.”

Pine Island Country ClubPine Island Country Club
Dishwasher/Food Prep
Dec 16, 2020

“Good People to Work with but I felt like my time wasn't being valued and nothing changed no matter how hard I worked.”

Jun 16, 2021

“she is nice and gives good pay”

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Prep Cook/Dishwasher
Jan 31, 2022

“I'm treated really well and pay isn't bad for the job!!!”

Jan 15, 2021

“well i mean its great pay but when u don't do right in one department u will be switched to the dishes.”

NOVA RestaurantNOVA Restaurant
Dec 8, 2020

“People here are really nice and fun to work with.”

Jul 8, 2021

“It was good and people were nice.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Dishwasher

When working as a Dishwasher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Time Management, Excellent Communication, Strong WORK Ethic, Urgency and English Language.

The most similar professions to Dishwasher are:
  • Line Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Cook
  • Server

The most common qualifications to become a Dishwasher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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