This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

91.0% probability

of automation

7.1% growth

projected to 2026

431,200 employed

currently in the US

$22,340 annual wage

US, median ($10.74 hourly)

What they do

Facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 91.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 555 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 431,200 people have this job. They earn $22,340 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $9,633,008,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $10.74.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 461,700 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).