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Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States can expect wages of $8.61 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $7.24 per hour on the lower side but can approach $11.90 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one in six, and less than one in ten earn vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$16,135 - $41,252
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,583
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$7.24 - $11.90
(Median)
$7
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$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,135 - $41,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $193.36  
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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$15,235 - $26,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.24 - $11.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $5.08  
Overtime
$6.64 - $19.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $193.36  
   
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).
)
$15,235 - $26,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,242

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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

  • Answer the phones and email and take reservations.
  • Seat customers at available tables and provide the menu.
  • Assist staff with maintaining a clean and efficient restaurant.
  • Greet customers and answer questions about timing, menus, and the restaurant.
  • Provide information about specials and changes to the menu.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess


Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses flock to Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Chili's Grill & Bar, and The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Pay for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses is best at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., which offers a median salary of $19K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $17K to $26K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Darden Restaurant Group, Crackerbarrel, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses typically earn around $18K, $18K, or $18K, respectively.

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will find the worst pay at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $18K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, each paying $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $18K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 82%