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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in Italy 2020

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in Italy?

Average Monthly Salary
2,350 EUR
( 28,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Italy typically earns around 2,350 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,080 EUR (lowest) to 3,740 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Waiter / Waitress salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Waiter / Waitress Salary Distribution in Italy

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in Italy range from 1,080 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 3,740 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,540 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 2,540 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,540 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 1,630 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,630 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 3,390 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,390 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Waiter / Waitress salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Waiter / Waitress with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,230 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,640 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,430 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 2,960 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 3,220 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 3,490 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in Italy

0 - 2 Years
1,230 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
1,640 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
2,430 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
2,960 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
3,220 EUR
20+ Years+8%
3,490 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Waiter / Waitress(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Waiter / Waitress salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Waiter / Waitress is 1,400 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,200 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,690 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in Italy

High School
1,400 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+57%
2,200 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+68%
3,690 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Waiter / Waitress employees in Italy earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

2,250 EUR
2,460 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Italy for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Italy

How much are annual salary increments in Italy for Waiter / Waitress(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in Italy are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Italy / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Italy is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Italy for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in Italy

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Italy Waiter / Waitress
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A Waiter / Waitress is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Waiter / Waitress employees in Italy earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
3,570 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,770 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress Salary Trend and Forecast in Italy

How are Waiter / Waitress salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Italy Waiter / Waitress
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Average Salary 2016
2,040 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
2,110 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
2,190 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
2,270 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress salaries in Italy are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in Italy

14 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Italy is 14 EUR. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in Italy earns approximately 14 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Waiter / Waitress VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Waiter / Waitress and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Italy
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 22% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder2,960 EUR+26%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper2,270 EUR-4%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director4,300 EUR+83%
Assistant Hospitality Manager4,710 EUR+100%
Assistant Storekeeper1,930 EUR-18%
Assistant Tour Manager3,310 EUR+41%
Baker and Pastrycook2,520 EUR+7%
Bakery Manager3,500 EUR+49%
Bakery Superintendent2,790 EUR+19%
Banquet Manager2,850 EUR+21%
Banquet Server2,290 EUR-3%
Bar Attendant2,360 EUR+0%
Bar Manager3,780 EUR+61%
Bar Supervisor2,930 EUR+25%
Barista2,560 EUR+9%
Bartender2,420 EUR+3%
Bellman2,040 EUR-13%
Beverage Manager3,490 EUR+48%
Bistro Attendant2,230 EUR-5%
Buffet Chef3,280 EUR+39%
Buffet Host2,080 EUR-12%
Buffet Manager3,440 EUR+46%
Butcher and Slaughterer2,150 EUR-9%
Cafeteria Manager3,280 EUR+39%
Cake Decorator2,570 EUR+9%
Casino Shift Manager4,200 EUR+78%
Chain Store Customer Support3,010 EUR+28%
Chef3,080 EUR+31%
Club Manager4,160 EUR+77%
Cluster Director4,670 EUR+98%
Cluster Revenue Manager4,450 EUR+89%
Cocktail Server2,200 EUR-7%
Coffee Shop Manager4,090 EUR+74%
Concierge2,360 EUR+0%
Confectionery Baker2,620 EUR+11%
Conference Services Manager3,370 EUR+43%
Cook2,960 EUR+26%
Corporate Sous Chef3,840 EUR+63%
Corporate Travel Consultant3,330 EUR+42%
Croupier2,800 EUR+19%
Culinary Assistant2,510 EUR+7%
Culinary Associate2,720 EUR+16%
Dietary Aide2,880 EUR+22%
Dining Room Supervisor3,450 EUR+47%
Dishwasher1,580 EUR-33%
Duty Manager3,710 EUR+58%
Events Coordinator3,170 EUR+35%
Executive Chef3,350 EUR+42%
Executive Pastry Chef2,840 EUR+21%
Fast Food Cook2,980 EUR+27%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor3,190 EUR+36%
Fine Dining Cook3,580 EUR+52%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef3,610 EUR+53%
Fleet Manager3,900 EUR+66%
Food and Beverage Manager4,170 EUR+77%
Food Consultant4,380 EUR+86%
Food Safety Coordinator3,610 EUR+53%
Food Server2,080 EUR-12%
Food Service Director3,770 EUR+60%
Food Service Manager3,990 EUR+70%
Food Service Sales3,340 EUR+42%
Food Service Worker2,290 EUR-3%
Front Desk Agent2,640 EUR+12%
Front Office Manager3,670 EUR+56%
Guest Service Executive4,020 EUR+71%
Guest Service Representative2,850 EUR+21%
Head Concierge2,770 EUR+18%
Hospitality Director5,490 EUR+130%
Hostess / Host2,850 EUR+21%
Hotel Desk Clerk2,220 EUR-6%
Hotel Maid1,650 EUR-30%
Hotel Manager5,450 EUR+130%
Hotel Sales Manager4,640 EUR+97%
Hotel Service Supervisor3,810 EUR+62%
Hotel Staff2,700 EUR+15%
Inventory Coordinator2,490 EUR+6%
Kitchen Manager3,270 EUR+39%
Kitchen Staff2,530 EUR+8%
Kitchen Supervisor3,140 EUR+33%
Line Cook3,020 EUR+28%
Luggage Porter1,570 EUR-33%
Motel Manager3,820 EUR+62%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant1,990 EUR-15%
Production Operator1,930 EUR-18%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator2,610 EUR+11%
Receptionist2,790 EUR+19%
Regional Restaurant Manager4,900 EUR+110%
Restaurant Manager4,550 EUR+93%
Room Reservations Manager4,140 EUR+76%
Room Service Manager4,160 EUR+77%
Sous Chef2,930 EUR+25%
Supervisor of Food Services3,690 EUR+57%
Tour Consultant3,210 EUR+36%
Travel Agent3,170 EUR+35%
Travel Consultant3,510 EUR+49%
Waiter / Waitress2,350 EUR-0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bologna2,210 EUR
Catania2,280 EUR
Genova2,220 EUR
Milano2,480 EUR
Napoli2,470 EUR
Palermo2,220 EUR
Parma2,160 EUR
Rome2,480 EUR
Torino2,460 EUR
Trieste2,200 EUR
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