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What does a Dishwasher do?

A dishwasher's job is to make sure dirty dishes, tableware, pots, pans, glasses and utensils are clean and ready for use. Dishwashers normally work in restaurant kitchens, where they might also be called a break-down person or a dish stacker. Dishwashing is a good start to a food service career since you get to see first-hand how kitchens operate.

Working as a Dishwasher

The daily tasks of a dishwasher include:

  • Scraping food from dishes and washing them either by hand or by loading them into a machine
  • Cleaning pots, pans and other items used in food preparation
  • Restocking clean items in their proper location so they are ready for reuse
  • Keeping kitchen surfaces and appliances clean
  • Emptying trash containers regularly and cleaning them when necessary

How much does a Dishwasher make in the United States?

Average base salary
25.3k salaries reported, updated at Jun 01, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a dishwasher is $11.34 per hour in the United States and $20.00 tips per day.
Additional compensation
per day
Most common benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Employee discount
  • Referral program
  • Health insurance
  • Food provided

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Dishwasher

What should I wear to a dishwasher job interview?

It is best to treat an interview for a dishwasher job the same as an interview for any other job. Ideally, you will wear a wrinkle-free shirt, tie and dress slacks. However, a clean polo shirt and ironed khakis are usually acceptable. Unless you are told you may dress more casually, always dress your best.

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Do dishwashers receive tips?

Dishwashers don't normally receive tips since they spend their time in the kitchen and don't serve customers directly. It is possible you might be tipped if your duties include bussing tables. Some restaurants have a "tipping out" policy. This encourages servers to share a percentage of their tip money with the kitchen staff, including the dishwashers.

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Will I have to wear rubber gloves?

Do dishwashers only wash dishes, pots, pans and tableware?

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