Job Spotlight: Banquet Server

Serve yourself a new job with a banquet server position.

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Banquet Server

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re cooking up some information on banquet server positions. Competition for banquet server positions is low, as employment is projected to grow at 14% from 2016 to 2026, a rate higher than most occupations. Responsibilities include serving or delivering meals to guests, cleaning up after the meal, as well as maintaining and improving customer service quality.

Required Education

No formal education required, although a high school diploma is a plus.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), banquet servers can make as much as $9.81 an hour.


What a Banquet Server Does:

Banquet servers handle a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Preparing banquet tables with special attention to sanitation and order
  • Attending to guests throughout events
  • Answering guest questions about the menu, event, venue, etc.
  • Collaborating with other servers and kitchen/bar staff
  • Taking care of complaints or problems with a positive attitude


What Companies Look for in Banquet Servers

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven restaurant serving or waiting experience
  • A positive solution-based approach with patience and understanding for guest needs
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Responsible and trustworthy nature
  • Attention to cleanliness and safety
  • High school diploma; food safety training will be considered a plus
  • Willingness to continuously improve through feedback


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about banquet server jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

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