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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Kenya 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
97,900 KES
( 1,180,000 KES yearly)

LOW
37,100
KES
AVERAGE
97,900
KES
HIGH
273,000
KES

A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Kenya typically earns around 97,900 KES per month. Salaries range from 37,100 KES (lowest average) to 273,000 KES (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 Rounder63,100 KES
Assistant Executive Housekeeper45,100 KES
Assistant Food and Beverage Director192,000 KES
Assistant Hospitality Manager210,000 KES
Assistant Storekeeper40,500 KES
Assistant Tour Manager94,500 KES
Baker and Pastrycook53,300 KES
Bakery Manager112,000 KES
Bakery Superintendent77,300 KES
Banquet Manager82,800 KES
Banquet Server48,100 KES
Bar Attendant47,600 KES
Bar Manager107,000 KES
Bar Supervisor67,200 KES
Barista58,100 KES
Bartender56,900 KES
Bellman46,600 KES
Beverage Manager117,000 KES
Bistro Attendant51,800 KES
Buffet Chef86,500 KES
Buffet Host48,200 KES
Buffet Manager109,000 KES
Butcher and Slaughterer41,200 KES
Cafeteria Manager94,900 KES
Cake Decorator57,900 KES
Casino Shift Manager175,000 KES
Chain Store Customer Support81,300 KES
Chef98,100 KES
Club Manager177,000 KES
Cluster Director234,000 KES
Cluster Revenue Manager185,000 KES
Cocktail Server47,900 KES
Coffee Shop Manager162,000 KES
Concierge48,900 KES
Confectionery Baker59,100 KES
Conference Services Manager112,000 KES
Cook81,400 KES
Corporate Sous Chef133,000 KES
Corporate Travel Consultant138,000 KES
Croupier65,100 KES
Culinary Assistant42,700 KES
Culinary Associate43,200 KES
Dietary Aide94,500 KES
Dining Room Supervisor88,800 KES
Dishwasher40,200 KES
Duty Manager116,000 KES
Events Coordinator69,800 KES
Executive Chef105,000 KES
Executive Pastry Chef86,400 KES
Fast Food Cook77,800 KES
Fast Food Shift Supervisor80,100 KES
Fine Dining Cook139,000 KES
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef133,000 KES
Fleet Manager241,000 KES
Food and Beverage Manager179,000 KES
Food Consultant149,000 KES
Food Safety Coordinator111,000 KES
Food Server45,900 KES
Food Service Director175,000 KES
Food Service Manager191,000 KES
Food Service Sales114,000 KES
Food Service Worker47,100 KES
Front Desk Agent57,500 KES
Front Office Manager107,000 KES
Guest Service Executive163,000 KES
Guest Service Representative63,300 KES
Head Concierge70,400 KES
Hospitality Director296,000 KES
Hostess / Host55,400 KES
Hotel Desk Clerk54,700 KES
Hotel Maid39,900 KES
Hotel Manager274,000 KES
Hotel Sales Manager213,000 KES
Hotel Service Supervisor156,000 KES
Hotel Staff52,300 KES
Inventory Coordinator64,200 KES
Kitchen Manager95,700 KES
Kitchen Staff53,100 KES
Kitchen Supervisor81,600 KES
Line Cook83,800 KES
Luggage Porter38,100 KES
Motel Manager161,000 KES
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant50,200 KES
Production Operator82,000 KES
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator90,500 KES
Receptionist54,200 KES
Regional Restaurant Manager210,000 KES
Restaurant Manager181,000 KES
Room Reservations Manager181,000 KES
Room Service Manager174,000 KES
Sous Chef102,000 KES
Supervisor of Food Services129,000 KES
Tour Consultant142,000 KES
Travel Agent98,000 KES
Travel Consultant142,000 KES
Waiter / Waitress49,500 KES

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Kenya 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 Kenya range from 37,100 KES per month (minimum average salary) to 273,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 94,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 94,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 94,000 KES. 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 59,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 59,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 176,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 176,000 KES.


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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 Kenya costs anywhere from 734,000 Kenyan Shilling(s) to 2,200,000 Kenyan Shilling(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 Kenya 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 Kenya who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
103,000 KES
Female-9%
94,200 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kenya 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.

Kenya / 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 Kenya is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya 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.

92% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 8% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
8%
No Bonus
92%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Kenya


560 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 560 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 560 KES 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 Kenya
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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
Kisumu95,000 KES
Mombasa107,000 KES
Nairobi117,000 KES

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 Kenya earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
140,000 KES
Public Sector+14%
159,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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