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Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States can expect wages of $8.51 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $7.22 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $11.91. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. For the most part, Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by around one in six, and less than one in ten earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,191 - $39,368
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$14K
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$39K
MEDIAN: $23,966
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$7.22 - $11.91
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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 - $198.66  
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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$15,176 - $26,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.22 - $11.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $5.35  
Overtime
$7.73 - $19.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $198.66  
   
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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$15,176 - $26,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,255
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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


Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. Darden Restaurant Group leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $19K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., T.G.I. Friday's, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses typically earn around $19K, $18K, or $18K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $19K — but Cracker Barrel Old Country Store offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $16K. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, Olive Garden Restaurants, and Crackerbarrel also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $17K, $17K, and $18K.

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. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 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: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 82%