Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States take home approximately $8.91 per hour on average. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Women make up the vast majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Nearly one in eight enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than one-tenth get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,101 - $38,000
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$38K
MEDIAN: $20,608
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$7.33 - $11.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,101 - $38,000  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$15,537 - $25,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.33 - $11.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.73  
Overtime
$7.71 - $19.53  
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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$15,537 - $25,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,494

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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

  • Greet customers and answer questions about timing, menus, and the restaurant.
  • Provide information about specials and changes to the menu.
  • Assist staff with maintaining a clean and efficient restaurant.
  • Answer the phones and email and take reservations.
  • Seat customers at available tables and provide the menu.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess


Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Darden Restaurant Group, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses. IHOP offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $20K. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. at $20K, Crackerbarrel at $19K, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses annually earn $19K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.. They all pay $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $19K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $21K. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Restaurant Host/Hostess Reviews

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
064
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 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
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 85%
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