What does a Main Layer do?

Servers work in restaurants as the point person between their customers and the establishment. They take orders and answer questions about menu items or food and prices. They also describe any specials and prepare non-kitchen food items including drinks, desserts, and salads.

Servers greet customers and seat them. When taking orders, they help customers with any dietary concerns or issues, including food allergies. They also ensure they have noted the customer’s preferred method of cooking some items like steak or eggs. Servers work alongside kitchen staff to execute customer orders, and they handle any customer issues that may arise, including incorrectly prepared food or dissatisfaction with a meal. Servers ensure customers have a satisfying dining experience, and they follow-up by removing any dirty or used items from their tables while the customers are still there. Servers also verify a bill or check has the correct items and amount due at the end of the transaction, and collect payments from the customers. They clean the tables once the customers have departed, and refill condiments and stock service stations. While there is no formal education requirement for a server, some states require a food handler card.

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Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Main Layer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£18,201 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£13K
Median: £18K
£25K
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Main Layer Career Path

Learn how to become a Main Layer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Server
£19,532/yr
L3
L4
Lead Server
£18,564/yr
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Main Layer Insights

Read what Main Layer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas
Waiter
10 Aug 2021

“Money can be really good and consistent (if you know what you're doing).”

Aruba Beach Cafe
Waitress
9 Sep 2021

“I really enjoyed working here because everyone was so friendly and I was able to make great money.”

Olive Garden Italian RestaurantsOlive Garden Italian Restaurants
Server
15 Mar 2021

“It was my first serving job and everyone was so kind and helpful to me from the start.”

IHOPIHOP
Server
6 Sep 2021

“Loved being a server the tips where great and I love the customers I have great customer service.”

The Glass KnifeThe Glass Knife
Server/Waiter
8 Jan 2021

“Great team to work with and salary is not bad for how simple the job is.”

Thumbs UP Diner
Server/Waitress
19 Jun 2021

“everyone is nice and the French toast is the best to get and my favorite.”

SocialXpand
Staff
3 May 2019

“SocialXpand is an online service so the job was very good and the salary was very nice.”

Olive Garden Italian RestaurantsOlive Garden Italian Restaurants
To Go Specialist
25 Jun 2021

“Tip money is great and we make it on top of a decent hourly unlike servers”

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