Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Average Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States make around $8.99 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. Female Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses like their work and job satisfaction is high. About an eighth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than one-tenth get vision benefits. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,122 - $31,785
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$24K
$32K
MEDIAN: $23,583
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$7.37 - $11.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$12,122 - $31,785  
   
Bonus
$506  
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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$15,612 - $25,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.37 - $11.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.86  
Overtime
$7.90 - $21.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$506  
   
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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$15,612 - $25,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,535

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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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Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. IHOP offers the largest salaries in town — $20K on average. Other big spenders include The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Crackerbarrel, and Olive Garden Restaurants, top-paying firms where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses see paychecks nearing $20K, $19K, or $19K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at $17K, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. at $17K, and Outback Steakhouse, Inc., where $18K is the norm.

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: $19,179

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

For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Columbus (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Restaurant Host/Hostess Reviews

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

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.

Key Stats for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$19,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
7%
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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