Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, hourly average wages total $8.73 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.29 per hour to $11.80. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Roughly one in six receive medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision insurance. For the most part, Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses include Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Chili's Grill & Bar. The biggest paychecks can be found at Crackerbarrel — the median salary there is $19K. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and T.G.I. Friday's are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses earning around $19K, $18K, or $18K at each firm, respectively.

Pay for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses is the lowest at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which has a median salary of $16K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $19K. Employees at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $18K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $20K on average.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

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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