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About how much do servers/hosts make per week in Columbia, SC?

Asked by lbwhite89 (1208points) December 27th, 2010

I currently work as a bank teller making $11/hr for 30 hours per week. Right now I go to school at night, but I’m transferring soon and will have to take classes during the day. Therefore, I’m going to be forced to quit my job and get a night job. The only thing I can think of is restaurants and grocery stores.

**Which of these two jobs will bring in more money, on average?**

My bills per month add up to about $500—$550, including car insurance, gas, phone bill, food, etc. So, I need to bring home around $140 per week to pay for everything. I’ll only be working around 25 hours a week probably.

I know pay varies by location, but I’m wondering about how much I can bring in.

I’d rather be a host, but can I make $140 a week doing just that or will I have to serve? I’ve done both before.

I thought a grocery store might be better so that maybe I could land a bookeeper position after a few months, which will look sooo much better on my resume than just a cashier. But I’m not sure if that’s realistic or if it would work out.

Anyone with experience in working while going to school full time, I’d appreciate some insight! :)

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