Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary
|Salary||$12,325 - $31,785|
|Total Pay (||$15,730 - $25,979|
|Hourly Rate||$7.39 - $11.88|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.89|
|Overtime||$11.62 - $21.93|
|Total Pay (||$15,730 - $25,979|
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.
Restaurant Host/Hostess Job Listings
Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess
Many Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group, firms that are at the top of the field. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses flock to IHOP for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $20K lead the pack in compensation. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. ($20K), Crackerbarrel ($19K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($19K).
Employees at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Outback Steakhouse, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $17K, $17K, and $18K.
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
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, 35 percent higher than the national average. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in San Antonio and 8 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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