Restaurant Host/Hostess Salary

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses in the United States pull down an average of $9.08 per hour. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. One-eighth receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,231 - $38,739
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$39K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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$7.42 - $11.99
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$0$38K
Salary $12,231 - $38,739
Bonus $487.96
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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$15,857 - $26,322
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $7.42 - $11.99
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.84
Overtime $9.70 - $21.59
Annual Data $0$26K
Bonus $487.96
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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$15,857 - $26,322
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,436

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

Popular Employer Salaries for Restaurant Host/Hostess


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses include Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Darden Restaurant Group. For Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses, comfortable salaries can be found at IHOP; in fact, median earnings sit around $20K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Crackerbarrel, and Olive Garden Restaurants, top-paying firms where Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses see paychecks nearing $20K, $19K, or $19K.

Also approaching the lower end are Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at $17K, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. at $17K, and Outback Steakhouse, Inc. at $18K.

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

National Average: $19,487

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 Houston:
"Not so much pay."
Pros: More opportunity. I reside in Houston.
Cons: Too many people looking for a host position.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Hilton Head Island:
Pros: Fast-paced. Friendly co-workers. Good managers.
Cons: No tips. Can encounter rude customers.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Natchez:
Pros: I like my managers and the employees that are all fun to be around.
Cons: The stressful days and the arguments.

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.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Plymouth Meeting:
Pros: Flexibility at times atmosphere meeting new/different people.
Cons: Lack of education/training and wages.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Newnan:
"Pretty neat."
Pros: Seeing all sorts of people. Being abke to interract with multiple people a day and enjoy my coworkers.
Cons: It can be kind of stressful, eapecially when everyone leaves at once.

Restaurant Host/Hostess in Evansville:
"Great job."
Pros: I like taking to all the people.
Cons: Getting Up early.

Key Stats for Restaurant Host/Hostess

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Restaurant Host/Hostess Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$19,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 85%