How much are waiters and other service workers paid compared to the average salary in the US? Why is tipping mandatory?

Here, in Romania, the minimum salary on economy is about 300$ and tipping isn't necessary, though lots of people do tip. Honestly, probably many often earn more than me with the tips. I don't get tips where I work, do I don't see why I should tip much. I certainly don't calculate the tips by %. And i don't see why someone who has a job that doesn't require going to college, learning a lot or that involves a high responsibility should earn more than someone who falls into one or more of these categories just because it's an old custom to tip.
How much are waiters and other service workers paid compared to the average salary in the US? Why is tipping mandatory?
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