(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Dishwasher Job Description

Salary: $16,600 – $19,700 Number of Jobs: 522,930
Hourly Rate: $7.98 – $9.47 Employment Outlook: Good
Green Job: No Education: Short-term on-the-job training

What do Dishwashers do?

Dishwashers work in restaurants, where they are responsible for cleaning and stocking dishes.

To customers, dishwashers are practically invisible — but everyone who works in a restaurant knows that the work that dishwashers do is vital to keeping a kitchen running smoothly and providing a good customer experience.

Dishwasher is an entry level position in most restaurants, and many cooks get their start in the restaurant industry by working as a dishwasher.

If you know that you want to work in the restaurant industry but you haven’t had any luck breaking in, getting a job as a dishwasher can give you the foot in the door that you need.

Work Environment and Schedule

In most restaurants, dishwashing stations are hot, noisy, and wet. Depending on how busy it is in the restaurant, working as a dishwasher can be demanding — or pretty boring.

Dishwashers spend their entire shift standing, and are often required to lift heavy racks of glasses or stacks of plates. The constant movement and muscle strain can lead to injuries. Handling sharp knives and broken dishes also pose injury risks.

This can be a stressful occupation, especially when working during peak hours in a busy restaurant. Keeping up a large volume of dishes can be difficult, and food preparation slows to a halt when there aren’t any clean dishes available.

Most dishwashers work part time, but their shifts are often long. Because restaurants are normally busiest on nights and weekends, dishwashers are expected to work at those times.

How to Become a Dishwasher

In most cases, this is an entry-level position within a restaurant. Dishwashers are trained on the job, and no previous experience is necessary.

Normally, you must be at least 16 years old to work as a dishwasher.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 522,930 dishwashers in the United States, with 27,570 new dishwasher job openings created each year.

Dishwasher jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Dishwasher Salaries

Overall Salaries

Dishwasher salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most dishwashers make between $16,600 – $19,700 per year, or $7.98 – $9.47 per hour.

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