Entry-Level Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can expect wages of $8.61 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around one in seven report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect vision insurance. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,307 - $30,662
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $20,168
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$7.26 - $11.25
(Median)
$7
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$11
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$12,307 - $30,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
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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$15,328 - $25,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.26 - $11.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.07  
Overtime
$4.41 - $18.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
   
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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$15,328 - $25,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,420
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Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Chili's Grill & Bar are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. Although Olive Garden Restaurants offers the highest salaries (median pay is $18K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $15K to $22K. Also paying near the top of the field are T.G.I. Friday's at $18K, Chili's Grill & Bar at $18K, and Darden Restaurant Group, where Entry-Level Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses annually earn $18K.

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 $17K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. ($17K), Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar ($17K), and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($18K).

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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