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Buffet Chef Average Salary in Singapore 2020

How much money does a Buffet Chef make in Singapore?

Average Monthly Salary
4,740 SGD
( 56,900 SGD yearly)


A person working as a Buffet Chef in Singapore typically earns around 4,740 SGD per month. Salaries range from 2,560 SGD (lowest) to 7,160 SGD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Buffet Chef salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Buffet Chef Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Buffet Chef
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Buffet Chef salaries in Singapore range from 2,560 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 7,160 SGD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,360 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Buffet Chef(s) are earning less than 4,360 SGD while the other half are earning more than 4,360 SGD. 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 Buffet Chef(s) are earning less than 3,110 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 3,110 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Buffet Chef(s) are earning less than 5,300 SGD while 25% are earning more than 5,300 SGD.

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

Buffet Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Buffet Chef
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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 Buffet Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Buffet Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,970 SGD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,760 SGD per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,950 SGD per month, 32% 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, Buffet Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,830 SGD per month, 18% 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 6,450 SGD per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,860 SGD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Buffet Chef average salary change by experience in Singapore

0 - 2 Years
2,970 SGD
2 - 5 Years+26%
3,760 SGD
5 - 10 Years+32%
4,950 SGD
10 - 15 Years+18%
5,830 SGD
15 - 20 Years+11%
6,450 SGD
20+ Years+6%
6,860 SGD
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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Buffet Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Buffet Chef(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Buffet Chef
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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 Buffet Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Buffet Chef is 4,120 SGD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 6,420 SGD per month, 56% more than someone having a High School degree.

Buffet Chef average salary difference by education level in Singapore

High School
4,120 SGD
Certificate or Diploma+56%
6,420 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Buffet Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Buffet Chef
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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 Buffet Chef employees in Singapore earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,850 SGD
4,620 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Singapore for all Careers

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Buffet Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Singapore

How much are annual salary increments in Singapore for Buffet Chef(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Buffet Chef(s) in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Singapore Buffet Chef
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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.

Singapore / 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 Singapore is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Singapore 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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Buffet Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Singapore

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Singapore Buffet Chef
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A Buffet Chef 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.

74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% 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.

Buffet Chef Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

27 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore is 27 SGD. This means that the average Buffet Chef in Singapore earns approximately 27 SGD 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.

Buffet Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Buffet Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Singapore
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The average salary for Buffet Chef is 17% 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

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All Rounder3,110 SGD-34%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper2,310 SGD-51%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director9,980 SGD+110%
Assistant Hospitality Manager11,100 SGD+130%
Assistant Storekeeper2,060 SGD-57%
Assistant Tour Manager4,970 SGD+5%
Baker and Pastrycook2,860 SGD-40%
Bakery Manager5,900 SGD+24%
Bakery Superintendent4,090 SGD-14%
Banquet Manager4,320 SGD-9%
Banquet Server2,680 SGD-43%
Bar Attendant2,700 SGD-43%
Bar Manager5,200 SGD+10%
Bar Supervisor3,570 SGD-25%
Barista3,040 SGD-36%
Bartender3,180 SGD-33%
Bellman2,400 SGD-49%
Beverage Manager6,460 SGD+36%
Bistro Attendant2,660 SGD-44%
Buffet Chef4,740 SGD=
Buffet Host2,610 SGD-45%
Buffet Manager5,800 SGD+22%
Butcher and Slaughterer2,170 SGD-54%
Cafeteria Manager4,920 SGD+4%
Cake Decorator3,110 SGD-34%
Casino Shift Manager8,960 SGD+89%
Chain Store Customer Support4,380 SGD-8%
Chef4,940 SGD+4%
Club Manager9,250 SGD+95%
Cluster Director11,900 SGD+150%
Cluster Revenue Manager9,320 SGD+97%
Cocktail Server2,740 SGD-42%
Coffee Shop Manager8,890 SGD+88%
Concierge2,410 SGD-49%
Confectionery Baker2,870 SGD-39%
Conference Services Manager5,690 SGD+20%
Cook4,200 SGD-11%
Corporate Sous Chef6,850 SGD+45%
Corporate Travel Consultant7,540 SGD+59%
Croupier3,420 SGD-28%
Culinary Assistant2,320 SGD-51%
Culinary Associate2,320 SGD-51%
Dietary Aide4,820 SGD+2%
Dining Room Supervisor4,380 SGD-8%
Dishwasher1,950 SGD-59%
Duty Manager6,210 SGD+31%
Events Coordinator3,750 SGD-21%
Executive Chef5,670 SGD+20%
Executive Pastry Chef4,570 SGD-4%
Fast Food Cook3,950 SGD-17%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor4,150 SGD-12%
Fine Dining Cook6,940 SGD+46%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef7,050 SGD+49%
Fleet Manager12,000 SGD+150%
Food and Beverage Manager9,890 SGD+110%
Food Consultant8,110 SGD+71%
Food Safety Coordinator5,970 SGD+26%
Food Server2,640 SGD-44%
Food Service Director9,890 SGD+110%
Food Service Manager10,200 SGD+120%
Food Service Sales6,360 SGD+34%
Food Service Worker2,480 SGD-48%
Front Desk Agent2,950 SGD-38%
Front Office Manager5,590 SGD+18%
Guest Service Executive8,230 SGD+74%
Guest Service Representative3,480 SGD-27%
Head Concierge3,990 SGD-16%
Hospitality Director15,000 SGD+220%
Hostess / Host3,040 SGD-36%
Hotel Desk Clerk2,840 SGD-40%
Hotel Maid2,060 SGD-57%
Hotel Manager14,900 SGD+210%
Hotel Sales Manager10,400 SGD+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor8,320 SGD+76%
Hotel Staff2,640 SGD-44%
Inventory Coordinator3,150 SGD-34%
Kitchen Manager5,040 SGD+6%
Kitchen Staff2,750 SGD-42%
Kitchen Supervisor4,510 SGD-5%
Line Cook4,430 SGD-7%
Luggage Porter2,110 SGD-55%
Motel Manager8,230 SGD+74%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant2,790 SGD-41%
Production Operator4,330 SGD-9%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator4,760 SGD+0%
Receptionist2,880 SGD-39%
Regional Restaurant Manager11,500 SGD+140%
Restaurant Manager9,750 SGD+110%
Room Reservations Manager9,600 SGD+100%
Room Service Manager9,080 SGD+92%
Sous Chef5,410 SGD+14%
Supervisor of Food Services6,660 SGD+41%
Tour Consultant7,400 SGD+56%
Travel Agent4,980 SGD+5%
Travel Consultant6,880 SGD+45%
Waiter / Waitress2,480 SGD-48%

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 Singapore earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,270 SGD
Public Sector+5%
8,670 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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