Dishwasher Job Description

Dishwasher job highlights

  • On average, dishwashers make around $8.20 per hour
  • Dishwasher jobs are a great way to get a career started in restaurants
  • Job opportunities for dishwashers will be steady for the near future

What do Dishwashers do?

A lot of people hate to wash dishes. So much so, in fact, that they're willing to pay big bucks to eat out at restaurants to have someone else cook their food and wash the dishes for them. If you don't mind washing dishes, or if you're just looking for a job to get you into the restaurant business, a dishwasher position is a great job.

It's not really the same as washing dishes in your house. Most restaurants have large, commercial washers that wash trays of dishes very quickly. Dishwashers are responsible for unloading the dishes and cutlery brought to them by bussers and loading them into dish trays. The trays are then placed into the commercial washers and blasted with scalding hot water. The commercial dishwashing machines can't always accommodate larger pots and pans, so occasionally you may be required to wash things by hand, the old fashioned way.

Dishwashers are almost always the last person to leave at night so be prepared for some late nights (especially on the weekends). Even after the last table's been served, the kitchen needs to be cleaned and the trash has to be emptied.

How much do Dishwashers make?

The average salary for all dishwashers is about $8.20 per hour. Experienced dishwashers at high-end restaurants can earn up to $10.75 per hour.

What are the education requirements to be a dishwasher?

Washing dishes is a great job for anyone, regardless of the amount of education you have under your belt (or apron). Many high school students get started in the restaurant business with dishwashing jobs, so a diploma or GED isn't required, though some high school is preferred.

Career paths for dishwashers

Dishwasher jobs are an awesome way to get into the restaurant industry. Many head chefs, cooks and restaurant owners start out as dishwashers and move their way up to the positions they're passionate about. If you want a career in restaurants, you've got to pay your dues behind the sink first.

The future of Dishwashers

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects a steady increase in dishwasher positions over the 2008-2018 decade. New positions will result from the continuing growth in the restaurant industry. More restaurants mean more dishwashers, which means great job opportunities for you.

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