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

The salary statistics of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,990
25th Percentile Wage
$18,280
50th Percentile Wage
$19,980
75th Percentile Wage
$23,470
90th Percentile Wage
$28,620

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop is $28,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,990. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 68% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,9804.00%7.01%
201519,1802.40%-
201418,7200.43%-
201318,6400.32%-
201218,580--

Table 2. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $25,370. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $19,000).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$25,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,780
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$22,870
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,810
Manufacturing
$20,370
Retail Trade
$20,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,210
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$19,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,000

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop by States

From the above tables we note that not only hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,620 to $24,450. The highest paying state for hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $24,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,620. For more salary information of hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$24,450
Nevada
$24,140
Vermont
$24,010
Massachusetts
$23,710
Washington
$23,200
New York
$22,570
California
$22,420
New Jersey
$22,180
Hawaii
$21,780
Oregon
$21,080
Rhode Island
$20,360
Wyoming
$20,320
Alaska
$20,300
Connecticut
$20,270
Minnesota
$20,190
South Dakota
$20,000
Illinois
$19,960
Florida
$19,830
Maryland
$19,750
Utah
$19,690
Colorado
$19,590
New Hampshire
$19,560
Nebraska
$19,510
Maine
$19,410
North Dakota
$19,290
New Mexico
$19,240
Arizona
$19,190
Pennsylvania
$19,160
Virginia
$19,160
West Virginia
$19,140
Virgin Islands
$19,110
Michigan
$19,010
Ohio
$18,930
Texas
$18,910
Idaho
$18,890
Missouri
$18,870
Montana
$18,820
Guam
$18,750
Delaware
$18,730
Oklahoma
$18,700
Mississippi
$18,660
Arkansas
$18,570
North Carolina
$18,510
South Carolina
$18,480
Wisconsin
$18,450
Tennessee
$18,360
Iowa
$18,290
Kansas
$18,250
Indiana
$18,230
Georgia
$18,210
Louisiana
$18,200
Kentucky
$18,150
Alabama
$18,100
Puerto Rico
$17,620



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