Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, hourly average wages total $9.06 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by roughly an eighth, and less than one in ten earn vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,325 - $31,785
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MEDIAN: $23,583
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$7.39 - $11.88
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$0$31K
Salary $12,325 - $31,785
Bonus $491.32
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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$15,730 - $25,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $7.39 - $11.88
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.89
Overtime $11.62 - $21.93
Annual Data $0$25K
Bonus $491.32
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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$15,730 - $25,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,489

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Job Description for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Many different categories of restaurant employ host and hostesses. Typical job responsibilities of a restaurant host or hostess include greeting and welcoming the customer upon entry to the restaurant, as well as seating customers at the first available table and keeping an accurate and organized waiting list. They also must give customers an accurate expectation of how long they will wait to be seated.

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Restaurant Host/Hostess Tasks

  • Greet customers and answer questions about timing, menus, and the restaurant.
  • Provide information about specials and changes to the menu.
  • Assist staff with maintaining a clean and efficient restaurant.
  • Answer the phones and email and take reservations.
  • Seat customers at available tables and provide the menu.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess


Many Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group, firms that are at the top of the field. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses flock to IHOP for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $20K lead the pack in compensation. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. ($20K), Crackerbarrel ($19K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($19K).

Employees at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Outback Steakhouse, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Pay by Experience for a Restaurant Host/Hostess has a positive trend. An entry-level Restaurant Host/Hostess with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 1,363 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Restaurant Host/Hostess with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Restaurant Host/Hostess which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 55 salaries. A Restaurant Host/Hostess with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 21 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $19,333

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, 35 percent higher than the national average. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in San Antonio and 8 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Restaurant Host/Hostess Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Restaurant Host/Hostess?

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Houston:
"Not so much pay."
Pros: More opportunity. I reside in Houston.
Cons: Too many people looking for a host position.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Hilton Head Island:
Pros: Fast-paced. Friendly co-workers. Good managers.
Cons: No tips. Can encounter rude customers.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Natchez:
Pros: I like my managers and the employees that are all fun to be around.
Cons: The stressful days and the arguments.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in New Orleans:
"Stressful some days. Boring others."
Pros: I love the people that I work with. Working the service industry can get stressful at times but when you have funny cool people to go through it with, it makes everything a little easier.
Cons: Like I said before it can get stressful at times. Sometimes you have a lot of people in your face all at the same time while your trying to do ten other things it gets to be a lot.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Plymouth Meeting:
Pros: Flexibility at times atmosphere meeting new/different people.
Cons: Lack of education/training and wages.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Newnan:
"Pretty neat."
Pros: Seeing all sorts of people. Being abke to interract with multiple people a day and enjoy my coworkers.
Cons: It can be kind of stressful, eapecially when everyone leaves at once.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Evansville:
"Great job."
Pros: I like taking to all the people.
Cons: Getting Up early.

Key Stats for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$19,000

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 85%
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