Source: USA Today
quote: Giving waiters a salary or fixed hourly rate would absolutely ruin service.
quote: I don't see anything wrong with receiving pay based on performance. And for every IHOP waiter that would love a steady salary there's a good waiter out there at a nice restaurant that would lose a large amount of money if tips were eliminated. Do your job well and you can make a lot of money as a waiter. When one has 3-4 tables and each table is an average of $150 per meal and you provide excellent service you're looking at, conservatively, $45-$60/hour. And that's if the people are cheap.