Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States take home approximately $8.61 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $7.25 per hour on the lower end to $11.71 on the higher end. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. There are far more female Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around one in six receive medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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$15,298 - $25,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 - $4.99  
Overtime
$6.64 - $19.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$15,298 - $25,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,316
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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, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Chili's Grill & Bar, and The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. 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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Crackerbarrel, T.G.I. Friday's, and Olive Garden Restaurants, top-paying firms where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses rake in a $18K, $18K, or $18K, respectively.

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will find the worst pay at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $19K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, each paying $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $18K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$18,000


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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