Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States take home approximately $8.73 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $7.29 per hour and $11.80. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly one in six receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$13,962 - $38,798
(Median)
$14K
$21K
$39K
MEDIAN: $20,557
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$7.29 - $11.80
(Median)
$7
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$13,962 - $38,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $132.77  
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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$15,381 - $25,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.29 - $11.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.04  
Overtime
$7.53 - $20.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $132.77  
   
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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$15,381 - $25,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572
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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, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Chili's Grill & Bar are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, comfortable salaries can be found at Crackerbarrel; in fact, median earnings sit around $19K, the highest in the area. Those in search of high salaries should also consider The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and T.G.I. Friday's, top-paying firms where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses rake in a $19K, $18K, or $18K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where median pay comes to just $16K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $19K, range in salary is rather small. Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($17K, $17K, and $18K respectively).

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $18K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $20K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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