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Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States pull down an average of $8.64 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.25 per hour and $11.86. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly one in six get medical and dental insurance, and less than one-tenth get vision plans, too. Women account for the majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,135 - $41,252
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,583
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$7.25 - $11.86
(Median)
$7
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,135 - $41,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
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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$15,287 - $25,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.25 - $11.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.05  
Overtime
$7.33 - $19.61  
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
   
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).
)
$15,287 - $25,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,278
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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


Dominating the field, Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Chili's Grill & Bar are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. With a median salary of $19K, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. offers Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $17K and are capped at $26K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks at Crackerbarrel ($18K), Darden Restaurant Group ($18K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($18K).

The lowest salaries can be found at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $19K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants. They all pay $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $18K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $21K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
63%
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%
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