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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2022

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,000 SAR
( 60,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 5,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 2,450 SAR (lowest) to 7,800 SAR (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 Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 2,450 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 7,800 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,100 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 5,100 SAR while the other half are earning more than 5,100 SAR. 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 3,400 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,400 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 6,580 SAR while 25% are earning more than 6,580 SAR.

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 2,900 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,730 SAR 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 5,150 SAR 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 6,380 SAR 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 6,840 SAR 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 7,290 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
2,900 SAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
3,730 SAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
5,150 SAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
6,380 SAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
6,840 SAR
20+ Years+7%
7,290 SAR
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 3,730 SAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 5,340 SAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,370 SAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

High School
3,730 SAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
5,340 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
7,370 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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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 Saudi Arabia earn 10% less than their female counterparts on average.

4,680 SAR
5,210 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in Saudi Arabia 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.

Saudi Arabia / 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 Saudi Arabia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2021. 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 Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia

29 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 29 SAR. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 29 SAR 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 Saudi Arabia
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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 Rounder6,240 SAR+25%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper4,550 SAR-9%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director19,700 SAR+290%
Assistant Hospitality Manager20,700 SAR+310%
Assistant Storekeeper4,340 SAR-13%
Assistant Tour Manager10,500 SAR+110%
Baker and Pastrycook5,710 SAR+14%
Bakery Manager12,500 SAR+150%
Bakery Superintendent8,120 SAR+62%
Banquet Manager8,530 SAR+71%
Banquet Server5,250 SAR+5%
Bar Attendant5,320 SAR+6%
Bar Manager10,800 SAR+120%
Bar Supervisor7,350 SAR+47%
Barista6,230 SAR+25%
Bartender6,230 SAR+25%
Bellman4,890 SAR-2%
Beverage Manager12,600 SAR+150%
Bistro Attendant5,220 SAR+4%
Buffet Chef9,850 SAR+97%
Buffet Host5,060 SAR+1%
Buffet Manager11,200 SAR+120%
Butcher and Slaughterer4,160 SAR-17%
Cafeteria Manager9,380 SAR+88%
Cake Decorator6,200 SAR+24%
Casino Shift Manager18,800 SAR+280%
Chain Store Customer Support8,210 SAR+64%
Chef10,300 SAR+110%
Club Manager18,900 SAR+280%
Cluster Director25,000 SAR+400%
Cluster Revenue Manager19,400 SAR+290%
Cocktail Server5,240 SAR+5%
Coffee Shop Manager18,500 SAR+270%
Concierge4,840 SAR-3%
Confectionery Baker5,720 SAR+14%
Conference Services Manager11,500 SAR+130%
Cook8,550 SAR+71%
Corporate Sous Chef14,000 SAR+180%
Corporate Travel Consultant14,200 SAR+180%
Croupier7,250 SAR+45%
Culinary Assistant4,660 SAR-7%
Culinary Associate4,620 SAR-8%
Dietary Aide10,100 SAR+100%
Dining Room Supervisor8,780 SAR+76%
Dishwasher3,890 SAR-22%
Duty Manager12,400 SAR+150%
Events Coordinator7,480 SAR+50%
Executive Chef11,700 SAR+130%
Executive Pastry Chef9,070 SAR+81%
Fast Food Cook8,000 SAR+60%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor8,750 SAR+75%
Fine Dining Cook14,000 SAR+180%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef14,500 SAR+190%
Fleet Manager24,900 SAR+400%
Food and Beverage Manager18,100 SAR+260%
Food Consultant16,300 SAR+230%
Food Safety Coordinator11,900 SAR+140%
Food Server5,220 SAR+4%
Food Service Director19,500 SAR+290%
Food Service Manager19,600 SAR+290%
Food Service Sales12,500 SAR+150%
Food Service Worker5,250 SAR+5%
Front Desk Agent5,800 SAR+16%
Front Office Manager10,400 SAR+110%
Guest Service Executive16,100 SAR+220%
Guest Service Representative6,780 SAR+36%
Head Concierge7,850 SAR+57%
Hospitality Director29,300 SAR+490%
Hostess / Host5,930 SAR+19%
Hotel Desk Clerk5,620 SAR+12%
Hotel Maid4,190 SAR-16%
Hotel Manager28,800 SAR+480%
Hotel Sales Manager21,500 SAR+330%
Hotel Service Supervisor16,100 SAR+220%
Hotel Staff5,170 SAR+3%
Inventory Coordinator6,740 SAR+35%
Kitchen Manager9,660 SAR+93%
Kitchen Staff5,250 SAR+5%
Kitchen Supervisor8,230 SAR+65%
Line Cook8,800 SAR+76%
Luggage Porter4,250 SAR-15%
Motel Manager15,600 SAR+210%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant5,270 SAR+5%
Production Operator8,610 SAR+72%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator9,140 SAR+83%
Receptionist5,930 SAR+19%
Regional Restaurant Manager21,600 SAR+330%
Restaurant Manager20,200 SAR+300%
Room Reservations Manager19,700 SAR+290%
Room Service Manager18,600 SAR+270%
Sous Chef11,100 SAR+120%
Supervisor of Food Services13,600 SAR+170%
Tour Consultant14,600 SAR+190%
Travel Agent10,100 SAR+100%
Travel Consultant13,700 SAR+170%
Waiter / Waitress5,000 SAR+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha5,090 SAR
Dammam4,950 SAR
Jeddah5,510 SAR
Khubar4,860 SAR
Mecca5,500 SAR
Medina4,960 SAR
Riyadh5,520 SAR
Tabuk4,800 SAR
Taif4,740 SAR

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

Private Sector
16,000 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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