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Host/Hostess Salary

How Much Does a Host/Hostess Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Host/Hostess in the United States is a month or $28,380 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Average Host/Hostess Base Salary:

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The average wage for a Host/Hostess is per hour. On average, a Host/Hostess might receive anywhere from $20 to $50 in tips per day, but this can be more or less depending on the type of restaurant and its location.

While Servers and Bartenders more commonly rely on tips as a significant part of their income, Hosts/Hostesses might receive tips less frequently.

Annual Mean Wage of Hosts/Hostesses by State

[The latest data collected from BLS and the labor/employment departments of the respective states]

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Average Host/Hostess Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$30,180

# of employees

40,780

Projected growth

34.60%

New York City

Annual mean wage

$41,037

# of employees

15,500

Projected growth

103.70%

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$29,660

# of employees

9,770

Projected growth

32.40%

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$35,284

# of employees

45,250

Projected growth

47.10%

[Sources: BLS; New York State Department of Labor; California Employment Development Department]

 

High-Paying Cities for Hosts/Hostesses

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL29,66014.26
Los Angeles, CA35,28416.96
Miami, FL30,18014.51
NYC, NY41,03719.73

Average Hosts/Hostesses Salary per State

Explore the average Hosts/Hostesses salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$23,653
Alaska$30,492
Arizona$31,820
Arkansas$25,400
California$35,568
Colorado$32,100
Connecticut$32,090
Delaware$24,843
Florida$29,078
Georgia$24,220
Hawaii$36,590
Idaho$23,662
Illinois$29,400
Indiana$23,870
Iowa$23,860
Kansas$23,480
Kentucky$24,040
Louisiana$22,990
Maine$31,940
Maryland$30,332
Massachusetts$33,690
Michigan$25,700
Minnesota$29,470
Mississippi$21,330
Missouri$26,870
Montana$22,930
Nebraska$25,469
Nevada$29,080
New Hampshire$30,264
New Jersey$32,500
New Mexico$28,320
New York$38,451
North Carolina$23,070
North Dakota$27,830
Ohio$23,900
Oklahoma$23,350
Oregon$31,522
Pennsylvania$25,510
Rhode Island$29,182
South Carolina$25,561
South Dakota$27,310
Tennessee$25,110
Texas$24,560
Utah$29,960
Vermont$37,280
Virginia$27,820
Washington$36,780
West Virginia$23,116
Wisconsin$24,960
Wyoming$26,600
District of Columbia$38,270

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Host/Hostess Get Paid?

Host/Hostesses earn less than Servers, Bartenders and Food Runners.

The table below shows the average annual salaries for these related roles:

Job TitleAverage Salary
Server
Bartender
Food Runner

Labor Laws and Taxes for Hosts/Hostesses

As a Host/Hostess, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, tipped wage credit, overtime pay and leave policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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