Salary for Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop Hosts and Hostesses

Also known as:  Bar Host/Hostess, Bar Hostess, Dining Room Host, Dining Room Host/Hostess, Maitre D', Tearoom Host/Hostess, Tearoom Hostess helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Hosts and hostesses in restaurants, lounges and coffee shops are charged with the responsibility of providing an establishment with superior customer service by welcoming, greeting and seating patrons at tables, booths and bars in a timely and efficient manner. These individuals have superior communications skills and are able to work alongside a large wait staff and crowds alike. They clearly organize customer seating patters according to wait staff need and availability. They consistently inspect seating areas to make sure standards of cleanliness are upheld. Additionally, they regularly check in with seated clients and guests to assure customer satisfaction. They are the first to receive and document customer reservations in person or by phone. A high school diploma is generally required for employment in this field.

A Restaurant/Lounge/Coffee Shop Hosts or Hostess can expect a wage between $17,780 - $32,360 depending on tenure and industry expertise. Hosts and Hostesses can expect an average pay level of twenty-four thousand eight hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Hosts and Hostesses make the highest salary in Hawaii, where they get salary pay of just about $35,650. People in this job function are paid most highly in Transportation and Warehousing, where they earn job pay of $47,030.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 52.34 percent nationwide in that time.


Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop Hosts and Hostesses tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Educational Services
Public Administration
Retail Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises