Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Median pay for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States is around $8.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.26 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $11.74. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Close to a sixth have medical and dental plans, and roughly a tenth have vision insurance. The vast majority (85 percent) of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,000 - $41,252

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$7.26 - $11.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,000 - $41,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $122.26  
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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$15,307 - $25,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.26 - $11.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.93  
Overtime
$6.57 - $19.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $122.26  
   
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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$15,307 - $25,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,328
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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 flock to Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and Chili's Grill & Bar, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $19K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $17K to $26K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks at Crackerbarrel ($19K), Olive Garden Restaurants ($18K), and T.G.I. Friday's ($18K).

With a median salary of $16K, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $19K, limiting employee salary growth. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, and Chili's Grill & Bar also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $17K for all three.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $18K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $21K. On average, Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses make $21K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

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: 10% employee benefits None: 82%
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