Originally Posted by RoyTheHammer
This is the answer for reality right here.. tipped employees dont' have to be given normal minimum wage, and in most states, from my experience.. waiters/bartenders/etc.. are given around 2.50 an hour.
Now, if you talk fine dining, that's completely different.
When I was living in NY, I worked for awhile as a server, then as a bartender at a TGI Fridays. I remember most of the time we never got paychecks because the taxes on the tips that we had to declare (I want to say 20% of your check total for the night?) were greater than our income. Most of the time we owed a bit of money at the end of the year as well.
After that, I worked in fine dining, where most tips were on credit cards and had to be declared completely. You definitely never got checks there and always owed taxes at the end of the year.
In short, salary doesn't mean jack to a server for the most part. Just a way to offset some of the taxes you'll eventually pay.