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 5011$12.11/hr$10.60/hr$11.00/hr$11.76/hr$12.58/hr$14.56/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities70$11.89/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services20$12.28/hr
Leisure and Hospitality6,880$11.88/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Balance of State N/A$11.42/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 50$11.76/hr-0.9%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$11.04/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$11.57/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$11.68/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 150$11.43/hr-5.0%
Southwest Balance of State 150$11.94/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$11.44/hr-0.3%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 250$11.01/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 300$11.16/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 330$9.27/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 390$11.78/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 400$11.82/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 440$11.47/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 460$11.54/hr-0.2%
Southeast Minnesota 550$11.67/hr-2.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,880$12.04/hr4.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,250$11.97/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,080$11.87/hr2.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Waiters and Waitresses 47,340$11.77/hr2.5%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 3,050$11.83/hr7.1%
Retail Salespersons 84,960$12.72/hr-1.0%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 380$14.37/hr4.0%
Cashiers 69,350$12.14/hr-0.4%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 5,280$12.76/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.