Hooters waitress reveals how much she typically makes in tips, with one shift netting her as much as $408 on top of her hourly wage

According to a calculation from Indy100, her total tip earnings during that one week amounted to $US1,308 ($AU1,752). Getty Images
  • A Hooters waitress went viral after posting a TikTok video discussing how much she makes in tips.
  • In one shift, she told users she earned $US408 ($AU547) – and $US60 ($AU80) of that came from just talking to a customer.
  • The tips she earned are on top of her hourly wage of $US2.13 ($AU3).

A Hooters waitress, who recently discussed the differences in the Hooters Girl short designs, posted a new TikTok video revealing how much she typically earns in tips.

Kirsten Songer, who says she works at a South Carolina branch, went viral after she posted the video. It detailed her tip earnings across multiple shifts, which she said she receives on top of her $US2.13 ($AU3) hourly wage.

“This is how much I make in a week at Hooters,” Songer said in the clip. “This is a really good week to show, ’cause I had some really great shifts and then some not-so-hot shifts.”

In the video, she said she earned tips ranging from $US50 ($AU67) to $US408 ($AU547) during the week, with $US60 ($AU80) coming from one person who tipped her just for “talking to him today.”

She also mentioned that she made $US50 ($AU67) by participating in a photoshoot for the Hooters calendar.

According to a calculation from Indy100, her total tip earnings during that week totaled $US1,308 ($AU1,752).

Across a year, the earning potential could be close to $US70,000 ($AU93,771), the outlet said. The average median salary for people in South Carolina is $US54,672 ($AU73,238), it added.

Since posting, the video has been viewed more than 240,000 times. Hooters did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Songer’s reported hourly rate of $US2.13 ($AU3) is the federal minimum wage for servers and other tipped employees in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and Nebraska. Despite this, some commenters were still surprised that her hourly rate was not higher.

Hooters has hit headlines recently after an employee backlash over the company’s new, more revealing shorts, Insider’s Bethany Biron reported.

Servers and bartenders were largely against the idea of wearing the new shorts, which many compared to underwear, Insider’s Mary Meisenzahl reported.

Aside from discussing the tips she earns, Songer also made a TikTok video comparing the size of the shorts.

The company adjusted its policy to make the controversial shorts optional.