$20,181
Avg. Salary
$9.12
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$200

Bonus

$4,011

Profit Sharing

$300

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Restaurant Host/Hostess is $9.12 per hour.

The average pay for a Restaurant Host/Hostess is $20,181 per year.

$7.37
10%
$9.12
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$12.13
90%
MEDIAN $9.12
$12k
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$20k
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$38k
90%
MEDIAN $20,181
$11,642 - $38,264
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MEDIAN: $20,181
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$0$38K
Salary $11,642 - $38,264
Bonus $12.02 - $805
Profit Sharing $4,011
Commission $300
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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$15,585 - $26,580
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 73
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.37 - $12.13
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.86
Overtime $5.07 - $20.78
Annual Data $0$26K
Bonus $12.02 - $805
Commission $300
Profit Sharing $4,011
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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$15,585 - $26,580
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,567

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.

Restaurant Host/Hostess Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Pay by Experience for a Restaurant Host/Hostess has a positive trend. An entry-level Restaurant Host/Hostess with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 1,363 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Restaurant Host/Hostess with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Restaurant Host/Hostess which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 55 salaries. A Restaurant Host/Hostess with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 21 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

29%

National Average: $19,446

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Columbus (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Restaurant Host/Hostess Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Restaurant Host/Hostess?

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Santa Ana:
"Fast paced."
Pros: I am right in the front greeting customers who come in and out.
Cons:

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Yorba Linda:
"Work."
Pros: Constant interaction with people.
Cons: People can be so rude and demanding at times.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Fort Worth:
Pros: Guest relation, assisting guests.
Cons: Management.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Gulfport:
"Life consuming."
Pros: You get to work with great people.
Cons: You get to deal with rude people.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Berkeley:
"Exciting."
Pros: Staff is always fun.
Cons:

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Miami:
"Hectic."
Pros: It never gets boring.
Cons: The pay.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Dallas:
Pros: Great co-workers, customers are friendly, always something new happening, flexibility.
Cons: Bad management, managers/boss/person(s) of higher position would rudely confront employees about their mistakes, cares more for business than employees health and personal lives.

Key Stats for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 445 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$19,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 445 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 84%