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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in Poland 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,290 PLN
( 27,500 PLN yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Poland typically earns around 2,290 PLN per month. Salaries range from 1,120 PLN (lowest) to 3,570 PLN (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 Poland

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

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in Poland range from 1,120 PLN per month (minimum salary) to 3,570 PLN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,340 PLN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 2,340 PLN while the other half are earning more than 2,340 PLN. 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 1,560 PLN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,560 PLN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 3,010 PLN while 25% are earning more than 3,010 PLN.

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 1,330 PLN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,710 PLN per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,360 PLN 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 2,920 PLN 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 3,130 PLN 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 3,340 PLN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in Poland

0 - 2 Years
1,330 PLN
2 - 5 Years+29%
1,710 PLN
5 - 10 Years+38%
2,360 PLN
10 - 15 Years+24%
2,920 PLN
15 - 20 Years+7%
3,130 PLN
20+ Years+7%
3,340 PLN
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 1,710 PLN per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,440 PLN per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,380 PLN per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in Poland

High School
1,710 PLN
Certificate or Diploma+43%
2,440 PLN
Bachelor's Degree+38%
3,380 PLN
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 Poland earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

2,220 PLN
2,350 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Poland for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Poland

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in Poland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 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.

Poland / 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 Poland is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Poland 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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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in Poland

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

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% 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 Poland

13 PLN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Poland is 13 PLN. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in Poland earns approximately 13 PLN 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 Poland
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 55% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder2,980 PLN+30%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper2,100 PLN-8%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director9,300 PLN+310%
Assistant Hospitality Manager9,600 PLN+320%
Assistant Storekeeper2,030 PLN-11%
Assistant Tour Manager4,640 PLN+100%
Baker and Pastrycook2,570 PLN+12%
Bakery Manager5,730 PLN+150%
Bakery Superintendent3,590 PLN+57%
Banquet Manager3,710 PLN+62%
Banquet Server2,290 PLN+0%
Bar Attendant2,510 PLN+10%
Bar Manager4,980 PLN+120%
Bar Supervisor3,340 PLN+46%
Barista2,780 PLN+21%
Bartender2,890 PLN+26%
Bellman2,370 PLN+4%
Beverage Manager5,730 PLN+150%
Bistro Attendant2,510 PLN+10%
Buffet Chef4,370 PLN+91%
Buffet Host2,260 PLN-1%
Buffet Manager5,430 PLN+140%
Butcher and Slaughterer1,980 PLN-13%
Cafeteria Manager4,390 PLN+92%
Cake Decorator2,800 PLN+22%
Casino Shift Manager8,640 PLN+280%
Chain Store Customer Support4,030 PLN+76%
Chef4,660 PLN+100%
Club Manager8,790 PLN+280%
Cluster Director11,500 PLN+400%
Cluster Revenue Manager8,790 PLN+280%
Cocktail Server2,410 PLN+5%
Coffee Shop Manager8,190 PLN+260%
Concierge2,170 PLN-5%
Confectionery Baker2,690 PLN+18%
Conference Services Manager5,380 PLN+140%
Cook3,900 PLN+70%
Corporate Sous Chef6,770 PLN+200%
Corporate Travel Consultant6,420 PLN+180%
Croupier3,320 PLN+45%
Culinary Assistant2,060 PLN-10%
Culinary Associate2,000 PLN-13%
Dietary Aide4,740 PLN+110%
Dining Room Supervisor4,200 PLN+83%
Dishwasher1,830 PLN-20%
Duty Manager5,590 PLN+140%
Events Coordinator3,650 PLN+59%
Executive Chef5,100 PLN+120%
Executive Pastry Chef4,180 PLN+83%
Fast Food Cook3,580 PLN+56%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor3,780 PLN+65%
Fine Dining Cook6,800 PLN+200%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef6,860 PLN+200%
Fleet Manager11,700 PLN+410%
Food and Beverage Manager8,440 PLN+270%
Food Consultant7,460 PLN+230%
Food Safety Coordinator5,370 PLN+130%
Food Server2,360 PLN+3%
Food Service Director8,660 PLN+280%
Food Service Manager9,160 PLN+300%
Food Service Sales5,440 PLN+140%
Food Service Worker2,400 PLN+5%
Front Desk Agent2,790 PLN+22%
Front Office Manager4,910 PLN+110%
Guest Service Executive7,620 PLN+230%
Guest Service Representative3,210 PLN+40%
Head Concierge3,700 PLN+62%
Hospitality Director14,400 PLN+530%
Hostess / Host2,810 PLN+23%
Hotel Desk Clerk2,650 PLN+16%
Hotel Maid2,030 PLN-11%
Hotel Manager13,400 PLN+490%
Hotel Sales Manager9,960 PLN+340%
Hotel Service Supervisor7,340 PLN+220%
Hotel Staff2,450 PLN+7%
Inventory Coordinator3,070 PLN+34%
Kitchen Manager4,330 PLN+89%
Kitchen Staff2,560 PLN+12%
Kitchen Supervisor3,850 PLN+68%
Line Cook4,220 PLN+84%
Luggage Porter1,830 PLN-20%
Motel Manager7,480 PLN+230%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant2,480 PLN+8%
Production Operator3,810 PLN+66%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator4,270 PLN+87%
Receptionist2,690 PLN+18%
Regional Restaurant Manager9,960 PLN+340%
Restaurant Manager9,140 PLN+300%
Room Reservations Manager8,790 PLN+280%
Room Service Manager8,130 PLN+260%
Sous Chef5,260 PLN+130%
Supervisor of Food Services6,440 PLN+180%
Tour Consultant6,360 PLN+180%
Travel Agent4,700 PLN+110%
Travel Consultant6,450 PLN+180%
Waiter / Waitress2,290 PLN+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Gdansk2,190 PLN
Katowice2,130 PLN
Krakow2,510 PLN
Lublin2,160 PLN
Poznan2,220 PLN
Szczecin2,160 PLN
Warsaw2,540 PLN
Wroclaw2,480 PLN

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 Poland earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
7,250 PLN
Public Sector+7%
7,790 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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