A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Kuwait typically earns around 1,050 KWD per month. Salaries range from 500 KWD (lowest average) to 1,880 KWD (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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||990 KWD|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||800 KWD|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||1,490 KWD|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||1,660 KWD|
|Assistant Storekeeper||660 KWD|
|Assistant Tour Manager||1,100 KWD|
|Baker and Pastrycook||860 KWD|
|Bakery Manager||1,160 KWD|
|Bakery Superintendent||960 KWD|
|Banquet Manager||990 KWD|
|Banquet Server||810 KWD|
|Bar Attendant||830 KWD|
|Bar Manager||1,320 KWD|
|Bar Supervisor||1,040 KWD|
|Beverage Manager||1,250 KWD|
|Bistro Attendant||780 KWD|
|Buffet Chef||1,140 KWD|
|Buffet Host||750 KWD|
|Buffet Manager||1,250 KWD|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||710 KWD|
|Cafeteria Manager||1,100 KWD|
|Cake Decorator||870 KWD|
|Casino Shift Manager||1,420 KWD|
|Chain Store Customer Support||1,050 KWD|
|Club Manager||1,340 KWD|
|Cluster Director||1,580 KWD|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||1,530 KWD|
|Cocktail Server||740 KWD|
|Coffee Shop Manager||1,420 KWD|
|Confectionery Baker||890 KWD|
|Conference Services Manager||1,110 KWD|
|Corporate Sous Chef||1,250 KWD|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||1,150 KWD|
|Culinary Assistant||840 KWD|
|Culinary Associate||920 KWD|
|Dietary Aide||980 KWD|
|Dining Room Supervisor||1,160 KWD|
|Duty Manager||1,260 KWD|
|Events Coordinator||1,080 KWD|
|Executive Chef||1,170 KWD|
|Executive Pastry Chef||970 KWD|
|Fast Food Cook||980 KWD|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||1,070 KWD|
|Fine Dining Cook||1,190 KWD|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||1,270 KWD|
|Fleet Manager||1,350 KWD|
|Food and Beverage Manager||1,390 KWD|
|Food Consultant||1,470 KWD|
|Food Safety Coordinator||1,230 KWD|
|Food Server||720 KWD|
|Food Service Director||1,320 KWD|
|Food Service Manager||1,450 KWD|
|Food Service Sales||1,180 KWD|
|Food Service Worker||760 KWD|
|Front Desk Agent||920 KWD|
|Front Office Manager||1,180 KWD|
|Guest Service Executive||1,420 KWD|
|Guest Service Representative||1,020 KWD|
|Head Concierge||970 KWD|
|Hospitality Director||1,940 KWD|
|Hostess / Host||1,020 KWD|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||770 KWD|
|Hotel Maid||540 KWD|
|Hotel Manager||1,960 KWD|
|Hotel Sales Manager||1,620 KWD|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||1,390 KWD|
|Hotel Staff||950 KWD|
|Inventory Coordinator||900 KWD|
|Kitchen Manager||1,090 KWD|
|Kitchen Staff||850 KWD|
|Kitchen Supervisor||1,040 KWD|
|Line Cook||1,030 KWD|
|Luggage Porter||520 KWD|
|Motel Manager||1,300 KWD|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||680 KWD|
|Production Operator||660 KWD|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||870 KWD|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||1,700 KWD|
|Restaurant Manager||1,590 KWD|
|Room Reservations Manager||1,460 KWD|
|Room Service Manager||1,340 KWD|
|Sous Chef||1,040 KWD|
|Supervisor of Food Services||1,200 KWD|
|Tour Consultant||1,110 KWD|
|Travel Agent||1,050 KWD|
|Travel Consultant||1,190 KWD|
|Waiter / Waitress||780 KWD|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Kuwait range from 500 KWD per month (minimum average salary) to 1,880 KWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 1,090 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 1,090 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,090 KWD. 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.
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 720 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 720 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 1,550 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,550 KWD.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Kuwait costs anywhere from 6,370 Kuwaiti Dinar(s) to 19,100 Kuwaiti Dinar(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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 10% more than their female counterparts.
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Kuwait 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.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kuwait 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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Kuwait earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Kuwait are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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.
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.
The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.