Host/Hostess Salary

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.

$18,265 - $24,202
$21K
MEDIAN: $21,400
50%

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$7.44 - $12.97
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.18
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$21,400  
   
Bonus
$50.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,782 - $28,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.44 - $12.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.10  
Overtime
$14.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$50.00  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
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$15,782 - $28,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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.

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Host/Hostess Tasks

  • Lead customers to their tables, seat them, and manage dining flow.
  • Utilize and input information into an electronic reservation system.
  • 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.

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Key Stats for Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲20%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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