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Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $8.63 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.25 per hour and $11.88. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. The majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey are female. Nearly one in six report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and roughly a tenth collect vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$16,135 - $41,252
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,583
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$7.25 - $11.88
(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 - $195.18  
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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$15,276 - $25,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.25 - $11.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.94  
Overtime
$6.29 - $19.58  
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 - $195.18  
   
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).
)
$15,276 - $25,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,252

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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, Chili's Grill & Bar, and The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $19K, though there is little variation overall ($17K to $26K). Soaring salaries can also be found at Crackerbarrel, Darden Restaurant Group, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where earnings of $18K, $18K, or $18K are standard for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses.

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. Workers at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $18K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $21K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

 
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 82%
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