Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary
|Salary||$12,060 - $32,438|
|Total Pay (||$15,593 - $25,652|
|Hourly Rate||$7.35 - $11.75|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.85|
|Overtime||$7.71 - $20.86|
|Total Pay (||$15,593 - $25,652|
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
Dominating the field, Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. IHOP attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $20K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. ($20K), Crackerbarrel ($19K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($19K).
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Outback Steakhouse, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($17K, $17K, and $18K respectively).
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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $21K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $22K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
Pay Difference by Location
For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in San Antonio and Columbus.
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