A Host/Hostess earns an average wage of $9.18 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career.
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$15,727 - $28,816|
|Hourly Rate||$7.43 - $12.35|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $5.33|
|Overtime||$11.70 - $18.01|
|Total Pay (||$15,727 - $28,816|
Job Description for Host/Hostess
Hosts and hostesses generally work at a restaurant and greet all of the customers who want to sit down and eat. The host or hostess has the job of finding the correct table for their customers. Often, they also provide menus and inform customers of any specials the restaurant may have that day. Aside from seating customers, they may take their payment when they leave. Additionally, when the restaurant is busy or conflicts arise, the host or hostess must be able to effectively resolve issues in an effective, efficient manner.Read More...
Hosts and hostesses work at all hours of the day, and no formal education is needed for the job. If a person chooses to be a host or hostess, they must be friendly and enjoy interacting with people. Because this person is representing the restaurant, it is important for them to always have a smile and appear to be in a happy mood. They must also be willing to work both indoors and outdoors and stand for extended periods of time.
- Greet customers in person and over the phone, determine needs, and set expectations.
- Open and close the restaurant and participate in cleaning and maintenance tasks.
- Lead customers to their tables, seat them, and manage dining flow.
- Utilize and input information into an electronic reservation system.
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