What does a Host do?

Hosts are responsible for the management of tasks at functions that include banquets, ceremonies, conferences, and parties. Hosts help plan and organize events and ensure everything runs smoothly during the event and coordinate with different teams and ensure all teams work together harmoniously.

Hosts welcome guests, answer questions, and work as a liaison with support staff as the event unfolds. Hosts assist with the planning, preparation, and organization of events, and manage any relevant staff working as helpers, including a kitchen or serving staff. Hosts receive and direct guests to their seats or tables and address guest concerns. They make sure the location is clean and neat prior to and after an event or seating. They ensure that all health and safety measures are observed at venues and that staff are well-versed and educated regarding any necessary emergency protocols. Hosts create a positive and relaxed atmosphere where guests enjoy themselves, and they offer polite salutations to guests as they arrive and depart from the venue or event. There are no educational requirements to become a host, but some hosts hold the job as part of their training for a related certificate or degree, including an associate’s.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
6%
5 - 7
0%
8+
81%

Common Skill Sets

VERBAL Communication
Writing
Excellent Communication
Reviews
Excellent Customer Service
English Language
Schedules
Requests

Host Seniority Levels

L2
Host
$26,852/yr
L3
Senior Host
$43,923/yr
L4
Lead Host
$30,762/yr
Food And Beverage Manager
12% made the transition
Bartender
39% made the transition
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Host Salaries

Average Base Pay

$26,852 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$19K
Median: $27K
$38K
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