Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

An average Restaurant Host or Hostess in the United States can expect to take home roughly $8.93 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority (83 percent) of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. One in eight receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$12,060 - $32,438
$12K
$21K
$32K
MEDIAN: $20,558
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$7.35 - $11.75
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MEDIAN: $8.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$12,060 - $32,438  
   
Bonus
$509  
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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$15,593 - $25,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.35 - $11.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$7.71 - $20.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$509  
   
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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$15,593 - $25,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,467

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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


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

National Average: $19,049

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$19,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 85%
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