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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 550120$11.74/hr$10.53/hr$10.96/hr$11.67/hr$12.39/hr$13.07/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 Click link for details 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 Click link for details 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.