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

A typical Restaurant Host or Hostess can expect to rake in roughly $8.34 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Nearly one in eight receive medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision plans. There are far more female Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses than men, making up 83 percent of those in this profession. Most Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary (?
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$13,702 - $32,686
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17,601
10%
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess

Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses flock to Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, and T.G.I. Friday's, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Salary cannot be beat at T.G.I. Friday's, where median pay comes to $18K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $13K, and the higher end is not far away at $21K.
The lowest salaries can be found at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $18K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc ($17K) and Olive Garden Restaurants ($17K).

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
up arrow 18%
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.
For Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, New York provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle, where Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses typically earn around 18 percent, 18 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent more than usual. Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.
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Job Satisfaction

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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%