Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Restaurant Host/Hostess is $8.51 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Restaurant Host/Hostess Total Pay (?
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$14,191 - $39,368
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19,019
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Restaurant Host/Hostess Total Pay (?
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$7.20 - $11.99
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,191 - $39,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $257.60  
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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$15,170 - $26,105  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.20 - $11.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $5.44  
Overtime
$7.33 - $20.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $257.60  
   
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).
)
$15,170 - $26,105  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
up arrow 39%
New York
up arrow 36%
Washington
up arrow 17%
Las Vegas
up arrow 16%
Los Angeles
up arrow 15%
Denver
up arrow 14%
Fort Lauderdale
up arrow 14%
Chicago
up arrow 12%
Seattle
up arrow 12%
Atlanta
up arrow 9%
San Diego
up arrow 8%
Miami
up arrow 6%
National Average
$18,000
Houston
up arrow 1%
Orlando
up arrow 1%
Cincinnati
up arrow 3%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%
Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$18,000
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Gender
Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 83%
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