Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary
|Salary||$12,122 - $31,785|
|Total Pay (||$15,612 - $25,725|
|Hourly Rate||$7.37 - $11.80|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.86|
|Overtime||$7.90 - $21.39|
|Total Pay (||$15,612 - $25,725|
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess
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
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).
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