Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary
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.Read More...
They are responsible for meeting any customers' needs and attending to any outstanding requests the waiter or waitress is not able to attend to promptly. They are often given small tasks to routinely complete, such as the maintenance and cleanliness of menus, menu distribution, and preparation and distribution of silverware and napkins to customers.
Restaurant hosts and hostesses are expected to acknowledge customers warmly and thank them upon their departure. Additional tasks may include taking to-go orders from phone or walk-in customers and basic cleaning tasks such as sweeping the entry of the restaurant and ensuring the cleanliness of the restroom facilities at a regular interval.
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, Darden Restaurant Group, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. IHOP offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $20K. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. at $20K, Crackerbarrel at $19K, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses annually earn $19K.
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.. They all pay $17K.
Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $19K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.
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