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Dishwasher Career

Career Description

Dishwashers clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

Common Work Tasks

  • Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, and/or pans using dishwashers or by hand
  • Place clean dishes, utensils, and cooking equipment in storage areas
  • Maintain kitchen work areas, equipment, and utensils in clean and orderly condition
  • Stock supplies such as food and utensils in serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators, and salad bars
  • Sweep and scrub floors
  • Clean garbage cans with water or steam
  • Sort and remove trash, placing it in designated pickup areas
  • Clean and prepare various foods for cooking or serving
  • Set up banquet tables
  • Transfer supplies and equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks

Other Job Titles

Dishwashers are also known by other titles, including:

  • Cooks
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Servers

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
This occupation may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

      No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. Employees in this occupation need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


The median annual salary for a Dishwasher is $16,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $21,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $13,000.  Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of dishwashers are:

  • Full-Service Restaurants - $16,740
  • Limited-Service Eating Places - $15,980
  • Traveler Accommodation - $19,780
  • Special Food Services - $18,070
  • Other Amusement and Recreation Industries - $17,790

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  N/A
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: N/A
  • Employment 2006 : N/A
  • Employment 2016:  N/A
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