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

A typical Restaurant Host can expect to rake in roughly $8.34 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. 13 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 6 percent get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale 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  
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,122
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts, Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and T.G.I. Friday's are leading firms in the industry. T.G.I. Friday's pays the most with a median salary of $18,012, though there is little variation overall ($13,277-$21K).
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $16,383—not to mention workers can only make as much as $18,305 and scope of pay is rather limited. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is 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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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts, 38 percent higher than the national average. Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts earning around 18 percent, 18 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent more than average. Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%