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Host/Hostess Salary

A Host/Hostess earns an average wage of $8.86 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
$7.34 - $12.80
(Median)
$7
$8
$13
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $12.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.06  
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $199.33  
   
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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$15,363 - $27,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
United States (change)

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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Experience Affects Host/Hostess Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 77%