Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary (United States)

Salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts lie in the neighborhood of $8.34 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; 13 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 6 percent get vision insurance. Most Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary (?
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$13,702 - $32,686
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17,601
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Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary (?
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$7.19 - $11.47
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$13,702 - $32,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $126.24  
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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$15,137 - $25,147  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.19 - $11.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $5.14  
Overtime
$7.85 - $18.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $126.24  
   
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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$15,137 - $25,147  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,122
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts include Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and T.G.I. Friday's. Though highest salaries can be found at T.G.I. Friday's—median pay is $18,012—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $13,277 and reaching $21K.
Pay for Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts is the lowest at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which has a median salary of $16,383. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $18,305. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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Chicago
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Seattle
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San Diego
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National Average
$18,000
Houston
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Cincinnati
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Orlando
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts, New York offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando.

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 86%
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