Average Host/Hostess Hourly Pay

$9.87
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$303
Bonus
$1,115
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The average hourly pay for a Host/Hostess is $9.87.
10%
$7.70
MEDIAN
$9.87
90%
$12.93
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $13
Bonus
$9 - $2,013
Profit Sharing
$0 - $1,115
Total Pay
$16,347 - $27,254
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What Do Host/Hostesses Do?

Host/Hostess Tasks
  • Greet customers in person and over the phone, determine needs, and set expectations.
  • Open and close the restaurant and participate in cleaning and maintenance tasks.
  • Lead customers to their tables, seat them, and manage dining flow.
  • Utilize and input information into an electronic reservation system.

Job Satisfaction for Host/Hostess

3.5 out of 5
(60)
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5Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Host/Hostess are from the companies Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Chili's Grill & Bar and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Olive Garden Restaurants where the average pay is $11.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, earning around $10.81 and $9.24, respectively. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar pays the lowest at around $8.33. Six Flags Inc and Chili's Grill & Bar also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $8.38 and $8.74, respectively.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Host/Hostesses?

An entry-level Host/Hostess with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.32 based on 87 salaries. An early career Host/Hostess with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.90 based on 226 salaries. A mid-career Host/Hostess with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.02 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Host/Hostess with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.63 based on 25 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $11.
Employees with Host/Hostess in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 23.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (11.4% more) and Orlando, Florida (7.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (12.7% less), Las Vegas, Nevada (8.8% less) and Houston, Texas (1.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 392 survey responses.
Entry Level
22.2%
Early Career
57.7%
Mid Career
10.7%
Experienced
6.4%
Late Career
3.1%