How to Hire a Dishwasher

Does your growing business need a dishwasher? A dishwasher is an integral part of the kitchen staff and is responsible for maintaining cleanliness around the food area.

Here are some tips to help you find great dishwasher candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Dishwashers searching for jobs on Indeed* 

443,231

Job seekers that clicked on dishwasher jobs

11,695

Total number of employers with active dishwasher jobs

51,816

Dishwasher jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring dishwasher?

  • Common salary in US: $11.74 hourly
  • Typical salaries range from $7.25$19.65 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – March 2021

As of March 2021, dishwasher jobs in the US are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 8.6 job seekers per dishwasher job. 

Why hire a dishwasher?

Hiring a dishwasher for your restaurant can help in maintaining food safety and cleanliness standards. Dishwashers are responsible for the hygiene of the cooking and serving areas. Choosing the right person as a dishwasher is essential to help your restaurant run efficiently. A great dishwasher can: 

• Maintain kitchenware by gathering them from dining and kitchen areas and cleaning them regularly
• Clean all the kitchen equipment and load and unload the dishwashers
• Clean and sanitize certain kitchenware, such as large pots, by hand

What are the levels of dishwasher jobs?

Dishwashers work in a wide range of kitchen environments, from family-owned cafes and restaurants to busy hotels and banquet halls. Most dishwasher jobs are entry-level, but there are some opportunities for advancement. Here are the most common levels and titles of dishwasher jobs. 

  • Dishwasher: A general dishwasher works in restaurants and on-site kitchens for hotels, senior residences and cruise ships. Dishwashers are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing dishes, silverware and cookware. Dishwashers also provide assistance to bussers and servers when needed.
  • Lead Dishwasher:  A lead dishwasher has the same duties as a general dishwasher, with additional responsibilities such as delegating specific dishwashing and drying tasks in busy kitchens. Lead dishwashers also assist servers and bussers. 
  • Supervising Dishwasher: Supervising dishwashers oversee general dishwashers and sometimes bussers in high-traffic kitchens. A supervising dishwasher may also help with scheduling shifts. Supervisors also assist with general dishwashing duties.

Where to find  dishwashers

To find the right dishwasher for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies. 

  • Post flyers on local bulletin boards: If you run an establishment in a neighborhood with high foot traffic, posting flyers on bulletin boards at local coffee houses, gyms or markets in the area is a good way to recruit potential candidates.
  • Post a help wanted sign in your business window: Placing a help wanted sign in your business window is an easy way to find interested candidates who may already be visiting your restaurant or cafe as a customer. 
  • Put the word out to fellow business owners: If you’ve got friends who run their own restaurants, check in with them to see if they’ve got a part-time dishwasher or busser who may be interested in picking up extra hours at your establishment. 
  • Post your job online: Try posting your dishwasher job on Indeed to find and attract quality dishwasher candidates. 

What are the levels of dishwasher jobs?

Dishwashers work in a wide range of kitchen environments, from family-owned cafes and restaurants to busy hotels and banquet halls. Most dishwasher jobs are entry-level, but there are some opportunities for advancement. Here are the most common levels and titles of dishwasher jobs. 

  • Dishwasher: A general dishwasher works in restaurants and on-site kitchens for hotels, senior residences and cruise ships. Dishwashers are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing dishes, silverware and cookware. Dishwashers also provide assistance to bussers and servers when needed.
  • Lead Dishwasher:  A lead dishwasher has the same duties as a general dishwasher, with additional responsibilities such as delegating specific dishwashing and drying tasks in busy kitchens. Lead dishwashers also assist servers and bussers. 
  • Supervising Dishwasher: Supervising dishwashers oversee general dishwashers and sometimes bussers in high-traffic kitchens. A supervising dishwasher may also help with scheduling shifts. Supervisors also assist with general dishwashing duties.

Writing a dishwasher job description

It’s vital to create a detailed job description with a list of duties, responsibilities and required skill sets to find suitable dishwasher candidates.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for dishwasher jobs, such as:

• Part-time dishwasher
• Evening dishwasher
• Weekend dishwasher

When writing your dishwasher job description, consider some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on dishwasher jobs, according to Indeed data. 

  • Dishwasher
  • Hiring immediately
  • Restaurant 
  • Teen
  • Food service
  • Restaurant dishwasher
  • Immediately hiring
  • Dish washer
  • Urgently hiring
  • Food

Interviewing dishwasher candidates

In the interview process for suitable candidates for dishwasher, comparing the skills and qualifications of all potential candidates is essential. Topics to cover can include:

• Proficiency in cleaning and tidying up kitchen and dining areas
• Knowledge and experience of operating industrial washing machines
• How they’ve excelled at improving dining experiences for customers

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of dishwasher interview questions for examples (with sample answers). 

FAQs about how to hire a dishwasher

Do I really need a dishwasher?

If you run a busy restaurant or any type of establishment with a kitchen that serves food to patrons or residents, hiring a dishwasher is essential to your business. Dishwashers ensure there’s enough clean cutlery and glassware to get through breakfast, lunch and dinner rushes. Without a dishwasher, you may be required to wash dishes while handling managerial duties. 

When should I hire a dishwasher?

Businesses should hire dishwashers when there’s an immediate or future need for their services. For example, if you own a cafe or restaurant and have handled all the dishwashing on your own, you may consider hiring a dishwasher if your customer base has increased or your restaurant has an upcoming event where you’ll require additional help in the kitchen. 

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