Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

The average Restaurant Host or Hostess in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $8.60 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.25 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $11.71. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one in six, and fewer than one in ten earn vision coverage. The vast majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$16,066 - $41,430
(Median)
$16K
$22K
$41K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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$7.25 - $11.71
(Median)
$7
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,066 - $41,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $126.59  
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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$15,289 - $25,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.25 - $11.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.00  
Overtime
$6.71 - $19.62  
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 - $126.59  
   
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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$15,289 - $25,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,307
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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 fill the offices of leading firms Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Chili's Grill & Bar, and The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. Salary cannot be beat at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., where median pay comes to $19K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $17K, and the higher end is not far away at $26K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Crackerbarrel at $18K, T.G.I. Friday's at $18K, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses annually earn $18K.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $16K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $19K and scope of pay is rather limited. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $17K-paychecks on average.

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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses make a median salary 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
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Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
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National Average
$18,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 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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