Occupational Employment Statistics


35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 6013$11.67/hr$10.34/hr$10.44/hr$11.28/hr$12.13/hr$13.98/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$11.57/hr
Education and Health Services20$11.95/hr
Leisure and Hospitality6,740$11.61/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$11.20/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$10.01/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$11.28/hr-0.9%
Northeast Balance of State 80$11.49/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 110$10.99/hr-0.3%
St Cloud MN MSA 160$10.74/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$10.75/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 200$11.28/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 200$11.26/hr-5.0%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 280$9.52/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 310$10.56/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 400$11.30/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 480$11.26/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 510$11.36/hr-0.2%
Southeast Minnesota 540$11.25/hr-2.2%
Northwest Balance of State 550$11.33/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,580$11.82/hr4.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,030$11.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,890$11.61/hr2.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 14,340$11.08/hr-1.3%
Waiters and Waitresses 50,490$11.09/hr2.5%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 3,430$11.58/hr7.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 66,060$11.57/hr12.0%
Retail Salespersons 87,430$12.38/hr-1.0%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 760$13.15/hr4.0%
Cashiers 65,840$11.72/hr-0.4%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 5,200$12.10/hr9.5%

  • Provide guests with menus.
  • Greet guests and seat them at tables or in waiting areas.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payments for food and beverages.
  • Assign patrons to tables suitable for their needs and according to rotation so that servers receive an appropriate number of seatings.
  • Answer telephone calls and respond to inquiries or transfer calls.
  • Maintain contact with kitchen staff, management, serving staff, and customers to ensure that dining details are handled properly and customers' concerns are addressed.
  • Speak with patrons to ensure satisfaction with food and service, to respond to complaints, or to make conversation.
  • Assist other restaurant workers by serving food and beverages, or by bussing tables.
  • Inform patrons of establishment specialties and features.
  • Take and prepare to-go orders.