For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, hourly average wages total $8.88 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Around an eighth get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in ten get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses are female. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,080 - $38,230
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$38K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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$7.33 - $11.66
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,080 - $38,230  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$15,513 - $25,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.33 - $11.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.78  
Overtime
$7.80 - $19.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$15,513 - $25,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,444
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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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Many Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group, firms that are at the top of the field. For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, comfortable salaries can be found at T.G.I. Friday's; in fact, median earnings sit around $21K, the highest in the area. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Crackerbarrel, and Darden Restaurant Group also offer top salaries for Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $21K, $19K, and $19K, respectively.

Workers at Denny's, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Texas Roadhouse, Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $16K, $17K, and $18K respectively.

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 $19K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $21K. For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Restaurant Host/Hostess Reviews

What is it like working as a Restaurant Host/Hostess?

Restaurant Host/Hostess in New Orleans:
"Stressful some days. Boring others."
Pros: I love the people that I work with. Working the service industry can get stressful at times but when you have funny cool people to go through it with, it makes everything a little easier.
Cons: Like I said before it can get stressful at times. Sometimes you have a lot of people in your face all at the same time while your trying to do ten other things it gets to be a lot.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

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National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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