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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Jamaica 2023

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
64,300 JMD
( 771,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Jamaica typically earns around 64,300 JMD per month. Salaries range from 24,400 JMD (lowest average) to 179,000 JMD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder42,000 JMD
Assistant Executive Housekeeper29,500 JMD
Assistant Food and Beverage Director126,000 JMD
Assistant Hospitality Manager143,000 JMD
Assistant Storekeeper28,200 JMD
Assistant Tour Manager66,600 JMD
Baker and Pastrycook35,300 JMD
Bakery Manager71,400 JMD
Bakery Superintendent51,000 JMD
Banquet Manager54,400 JMD
Banquet Server31,200 JMD
Bar Attendant34,400 JMD
Bar Manager66,300 JMD
Bar Supervisor45,900 JMD
Barista39,500 JMD
Bartender40,900 JMD
Bellman31,500 JMD
Beverage Manager75,800 JMD
Bistro Attendant33,800 JMD
Buffet Chef59,800 JMD
Buffet Host31,000 JMD
Buffet Manager69,600 JMD
Butcher and Slaughterer26,200 JMD
Cafeteria Manager60,100 JMD
Cake Decorator38,400 JMD
Casino Shift Manager111,000 JMD
Chain Store Customer Support50,500 JMD
Chef61,600 JMD
Club Manager120,000 JMD
Cluster Director148,000 JMD
Cluster Revenue Manager116,000 JMD
Cocktail Server33,600 JMD
Coffee Shop Manager112,000 JMD
Concierge29,500 JMD
Confectionery Baker39,200 JMD
Conference Services Manager75,300 JMD
Cook55,100 JMD
Corporate Sous Chef90,000 JMD
Corporate Travel Consultant86,000 JMD
Croupier41,400 JMD
Culinary Assistant28,400 JMD
Culinary Associate28,600 JMD
Dietary Aide65,800 JMD
Dining Room Supervisor59,200 JMD
Dishwasher26,600 JMD
Duty Manager76,800 JMD
Events Coordinator46,300 JMD
Executive Chef72,100 JMD
Executive Pastry Chef57,000 JMD
Fast Food Cook52,300 JMD
Fast Food Shift Supervisor56,100 JMD
Fine Dining Cook92,900 JMD
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef90,700 JMD
Fleet Manager151,000 JMD
Food and Beverage Manager120,000 JMD
Food Consultant99,300 JMD
Food Safety Coordinator73,700 JMD
Food Server30,100 JMD
Food Service Director114,000 JMD
Food Service Manager135,000 JMD
Food Service Sales74,100 JMD
Food Service Worker30,000 JMD
Front Desk Agent37,600 JMD
Front Office Manager65,700 JMD
Guest Service Executive106,000 JMD
Guest Service Representative40,900 JMD
Head Concierge50,800 JMD
Hospitality Director193,000 JMD
Hostess / Host35,800 JMD
Hotel Desk Clerk35,900 JMD
Hotel Maid27,000 JMD
Hotel Manager176,000 JMD
Hotel Sales Manager133,000 JMD
Hotel Service Supervisor99,800 JMD
Hotel Staff34,000 JMD
Inventory Coordinator41,300 JMD
Kitchen Manager61,000 JMD
Kitchen Staff33,700 JMD
Kitchen Supervisor54,600 JMD
Line Cook55,300 JMD
Luggage Porter25,500 JMD
Motel Manager102,000 JMD
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant34,800 JMD
Production Operator54,100 JMD
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator57,700 JMD
Receptionist37,100 JMD
Regional Restaurant Manager145,000 JMD
Restaurant Manager124,000 JMD
Room Reservations Manager123,000 JMD
Room Service Manager118,000 JMD
Sous Chef69,600 JMD
Supervisor of Food Services87,400 JMD
Tour Consultant93,200 JMD
Travel Agent65,900 JMD
Travel Consultant94,000 JMD
Waiter / Waitress30,000 JMD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Jamaica range from 24,400 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 179,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 66,800 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 66,800 JMD while the other half are earning more than 66,800 JMD. 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 people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 41,000 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 41,000 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 128,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 128,000 JMD.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Jamaica costs anywhere from 482,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 1,450,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 employees in Jamaica who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

66,400 JMD
62,800 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

How much are annual salary increments in Jamaica for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Jamaica Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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.

Jamaica / All Professions

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 Jamaica is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Jamaica for the year 2022. 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low bonus-based field 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.

88% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 12% 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

370 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 370 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 370 JMD 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston70,800 JMD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Jamaica earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
93,500 JMD
Public Sector+10%
103,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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