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

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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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Transportation and Warehousing
$47,030
Information
$29,970
Health Care and Social Assistance
$28,360
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$27,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,260
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$26,790

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$20,370
Educational Services
$22,870
Construction
$23,230
Public Administration
$24,360
Retail Trade
$24,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,710