How Much Do Restaurant Hosts Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$24800 per year
Hourly wage
$12 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$17,780 to $19,670 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $9 per hour

Entry-level Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop Hosts and Hostesses with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $17,780 to $19,670 per year or $9 to $9 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop Hosts and Hostesses to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $16 $32,360
Senior (Top 25%) $14 $28,170
Middle (Mid 50%) $11 $23,880
Junior (Bottom 25%) $9 $19,670
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $17,780

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $17 $35,650
DC $17 $34,830
WA $17 $34,310
NY $15 $32,180
MA $15 $31,040
CA $15 $30,970
CO $14 $29,020
AZ $14 $28,970
OR $14 $28,360
ME $13 $27,800

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop Host and Hostess is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Restaurant Hosts are in the states of HI, DC, WA, NY and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $32790 $15.76
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $29610 $14.23
Performing Arts Companies $29220 $14.05
Civic and Social Organizations $28340 $13.62
Amusement Parks and Arcades $28340 $13.63
Traveler Accommodation $28340 $13.63
Other Personal Services $27980 $13.45
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $27630 $13.29
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $27310 $13.13
Special Food Services $27240 $13.10
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $27190 $13.07
Spectator Sports $26580 $12.78
Employment Services $26480 $12.73
Religious Organizations $26340 $12.67
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $25940 $12.47
Beverage Manufacturing $25580 $12.30
Gambling Industries $25490 $12.26
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $25420 $12.22
Real Estate $25390 $12.21
Motion Picture and Video Industries $25200 $12.12
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $25020 $12.03
Management of Companies and Enterprises $24710 $11.88
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $24590 $11.82
Food and Beverage Stores $24520 $11.79
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $24490 $11.78
Local Government $24410 $11.73
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $24270 $11.67
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores $22650 $10.89
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $22340 $10.74
Gasoline Stations $22260 $10.70

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