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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in Bahrain 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
500 BHD
( 5,950 BHD yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Bahrain typically earns around 500 BHD per month. Salaries range from 240 BHD (lowest) to 770 BHD (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 Bahrain

Median and salary distribution monthly Bahrain Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in Bahrain range from 240 BHD per month (minimum salary) to 770 BHD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 510 BHD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 510 BHD while the other half are earning more than 510 BHD. 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 340 BHD while 75% of them are earning more than 340 BHD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 650 BHD while 25% are earning more than 650 BHD.

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 290 BHD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 370 BHD per month, 28% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 510 BHD per month, 38% 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 630 BHD per month, 24% 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 680 BHD per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 720 BHD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in Bahrain

0 - 2 Years
290 BHD
2 - 5 Years+28%
370 BHD
5 - 10 Years+38%
510 BHD
10 - 15 Years+24%
630 BHD
15 - 20 Years+7%
680 BHD
20+ Years+7%
720 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 370 BHD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 530 BHD per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 730 BHD per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in Bahrain

High School
370 BHD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
530 BHD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
730 BHD
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 Bahrain earn 8% less than their female counterparts on average.

470 BHD
510 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bahrain for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bahrain

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in Bahrain are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Bahrain / 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 Bahrain is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bahrain 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 Bahrain

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

88% of surveyed staff 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.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in Bahrain

3 BHD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bahrain is 3 BHD. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in Bahrain earns approximately 3 BHD 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 Bahrain
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 50% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder620 BHD+25%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper470 BHD-5%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director1,970 BHD+300%
Assistant Hospitality Manager2,090 BHD+320%
Assistant Storekeeper400 BHD-19%
Assistant Tour Manager1,030 BHD+110%
Baker and Pastrycook520 BHD+5%
Bakery Manager1,120 BHD+130%
Bakery Superintendent760 BHD+53%
Banquet Manager820 BHD+65%
Banquet Server490 BHD-1%
Bar Attendant520 BHD+5%
Bar Manager1,000 BHD+100%
Bar Supervisor700 BHD+41%
Barista610 BHD+23%
Bartender570 BHD+15%
Bellman490 BHD-1%
Beverage Manager1,180 BHD+140%
Bistro Attendant490 BHD-1%
Buffet Chef910 BHD+83%
Buffet Host490 BHD-1%
Buffet Manager1,100 BHD+120%
Butcher and Slaughterer420 BHD-15%
Cafeteria Manager980 BHD+98%
Cake Decorator560 BHD+13%
Casino Shift Manager1,640 BHD+230%
Chain Store Customer Support820 BHD+65%
Chef920 BHD+85%
Club Manager1,880 BHD+280%
Cluster Director2,190 BHD+340%
Cluster Revenue Manager1,750 BHD+250%
Cocktail Server510 BHD+3%
Coffee Shop Manager1,700 BHD+240%
Concierge450 BHD-9%
Confectionery Baker590 BHD+19%
Conference Services Manager1,120 BHD+130%
Cook790 BHD+59%
Corporate Sous Chef1,400 BHD+180%
Corporate Travel Consultant1,390 BHD+180%
Croupier650 BHD+31%
Culinary Assistant450 BHD-9%
Culinary Associate410 BHD-17%
Dietary Aide940 BHD+90%
Dining Room Supervisor880 BHD+77%
Dishwasher400 BHD-19%
Duty Manager1,130 BHD+130%
Events Coordinator710 BHD+43%
Executive Chef1,110 BHD+120%
Executive Pastry Chef860 BHD+73%
Fast Food Cook760 BHD+53%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor790 BHD+59%
Fine Dining Cook1,360 BHD+170%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef1,410 BHD+180%
Fleet Manager2,240 BHD+350%
Food and Beverage Manager1,720 BHD+250%
Food Consultant1,440 BHD+190%
Food Safety Coordinator1,080 BHD+120%
Food Server460 BHD-7%
Food Service Director1,770 BHD+260%
Food Service Manager1,900 BHD+280%
Food Service Sales1,160 BHD+130%
Food Service Worker470 BHD-5%
Front Desk Agent550 BHD+11%
Front Office Manager990 BHD+100%
Guest Service Executive1,560 BHD+210%
Guest Service Representative650 BHD+31%
Head Concierge770 BHD+55%
Hospitality Director2,900 BHD+480%
Hostess / Host570 BHD+15%
Hotel Desk Clerk560 BHD+13%
Hotel Maid420 BHD-15%
Hotel Manager2,820 BHD+470%
Hotel Sales Manager1,990 BHD+300%
Hotel Service Supervisor1,460 BHD+190%
Hotel Staff500 BHD+1%
Inventory Coordinator620 BHD+25%
Kitchen Manager900 BHD+81%
Kitchen Staff500 BHD+1%
Kitchen Supervisor790 BHD+59%
Line Cook860 BHD+73%
Luggage Porter390 BHD-21%
Motel Manager1,540 BHD+210%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant530 BHD+7%
Production Operator800 BHD+61%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator870 BHD+75%
Receptionist560 BHD+13%
Regional Restaurant Manager2,240 BHD+350%
Restaurant Manager1,760 BHD+250%
Room Reservations Manager1,770 BHD+260%
Room Service Manager1,710 BHD+240%
Sous Chef1,080 BHD+120%
Supervisor of Food Services1,280 BHD+160%
Tour Consultant1,400 BHD+180%
Travel Agent980 BHD+98%
Travel Consultant1,410 BHD+180%
Waiter / Waitress500 BHD+1%

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 Bahrain earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,370 BHD
Public Sector+17%
1,610 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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