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 salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 2,450 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 7,800 SAR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
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.
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.
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 Saudi Arabia for the year 2020. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||6,240 SAR||+25%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||4,550 SAR||-9%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||19,700 SAR||+290%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||20,700 SAR||+310%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||4,340 SAR||-13%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||10,500 SAR||+110%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||5,710 SAR||+14%|
|Bakery Manager||12,500 SAR||+150%|
|Bakery Superintendent||8,120 SAR||+62%|
|Banquet Manager||8,530 SAR||+71%|
|Banquet Server||5,250 SAR||+5%|
|Bar Attendant||5,320 SAR||+6%|
|Bar Manager||10,800 SAR||+120%|
|Bar Supervisor||7,350 SAR||+47%|
|Beverage Manager||12,600 SAR||+150%|
|Bistro Attendant||5,220 SAR||+4%|
|Buffet Chef||9,850 SAR||+97%|
|Buffet Host||5,060 SAR||+1%|
|Buffet Manager||11,200 SAR||+120%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||4,160 SAR||-17%|
|Cafeteria Manager||9,380 SAR||+88%|
|Cake Decorator||6,200 SAR||+24%|
|Casino Shift Manager||18,800 SAR||+280%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||8,210 SAR||+64%|
|Club Manager||18,900 SAR||+280%|
|Cluster Director||25,000 SAR||+400%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||19,400 SAR||+290%|
|Cocktail Server||5,240 SAR||+5%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||18,500 SAR||+270%|
|Confectionery Baker||5,720 SAR||+14%|
|Conference Services Manager||11,500 SAR||+130%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||14,000 SAR||+180%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||14,200 SAR||+180%|
|Culinary Assistant||4,660 SAR||-7%|
|Culinary Associate||4,620 SAR||-8%|
|Dietary Aide||10,100 SAR||+100%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||8,780 SAR||+76%|
|Duty Manager||12,400 SAR||+150%|
|Events Coordinator||7,480 SAR||+50%|
|Executive Chef||11,700 SAR||+130%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||9,070 SAR||+81%|
|Fast Food Cook||8,000 SAR||+60%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||8,750 SAR||+75%|
|Fine Dining Cook||14,000 SAR||+180%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||14,500 SAR||+190%|
|Fleet Manager||24,900 SAR||+400%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||18,100 SAR||+260%|
|Food Consultant||16,300 SAR||+230%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||11,900 SAR||+140%|
|Food Server||5,220 SAR||+4%|
|Food Service Director||19,500 SAR||+290%|
|Food Service Manager||19,600 SAR||+290%|
|Food Service Sales||12,500 SAR||+150%|
|Food Service Worker||5,250 SAR||+5%|
|Front Desk Agent||5,800 SAR||+16%|
|Front Office Manager||10,400 SAR||+110%|
|Guest Service Executive||16,100 SAR||+220%|
|Guest Service Representative||6,780 SAR||+36%|
|Head Concierge||7,850 SAR||+57%|
|Hospitality Director||29,300 SAR||+490%|
|Hostess / Host||5,930 SAR||+19%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||5,620 SAR||+12%|
|Hotel Maid||4,190 SAR||-16%|
|Hotel Manager||28,800 SAR||+480%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||21,500 SAR||+330%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||16,100 SAR||+220%|
|Hotel Staff||5,170 SAR||+3%|
|Inventory Coordinator||6,740 SAR||+35%|
|Kitchen Manager||9,660 SAR||+93%|
|Kitchen Staff||5,250 SAR||+5%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||8,230 SAR||+65%|
|Line Cook||8,800 SAR||+76%|
|Luggage Porter||4,250 SAR||-15%|
|Motel Manager||15,600 SAR||+210%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||5,270 SAR||+5%|
|Production Operator||8,610 SAR||+72%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||9,140 SAR||+83%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||21,600 SAR||+330%|
|Restaurant Manager||20,200 SAR||+300%|
|Room Reservations Manager||19,700 SAR||+290%|
|Room Service Manager||18,600 SAR||+270%|
|Sous Chef||11,100 SAR||+120%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||13,600 SAR||+170%|
|Tour Consultant||14,600 SAR||+190%|
|Travel Agent||10,100 SAR||+100%|
|Travel Consultant||13,700 SAR||+170%|
|Waiter / Waitress||5,000 SAR||+0%|
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.