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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in South Africa 2020

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
21,100 ZAR
( 253,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in South Africa typically earns around 21,100 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 7,880 ZAR (lowest average) to 57,900 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder13,800 ZAR
Assistant Executive Housekeeper9,470 ZAR
Assistant Food and Beverage Director40,700 ZAR
Assistant Hospitality Manager43,600 ZAR
Assistant Storekeeper8,760 ZAR
Assistant Tour Manager20,900 ZAR
Baker and Pastrycook11,500 ZAR
Bakery Manager24,800 ZAR
Bakery Superintendent16,600 ZAR
Banquet Manager17,600 ZAR
Banquet Server9,980 ZAR
Bar Attendant11,100 ZAR
Bar Manager22,400 ZAR
Bar Supervisor15,500 ZAR
Barista13,200 ZAR
Bartender13,100 ZAR
Bellman10,500 ZAR
Beverage Manager26,700 ZAR
Bistro Attendant10,900 ZAR
Buffet Chef20,300 ZAR
Buffet Host10,800 ZAR
Buffet Manager24,200 ZAR
Butcher and Slaughterer9,100 ZAR
Cafeteria Manager20,700 ZAR
Cake Decorator12,500 ZAR
Casino Shift Manager38,000 ZAR
Chain Store Customer Support17,100 ZAR
Chef21,000 ZAR
Club Manager40,200 ZAR
Cluster Director50,600 ZAR
Cluster Revenue Manager39,700 ZAR
Cocktail Server10,500 ZAR
Coffee Shop Manager38,000 ZAR
Concierge9,670 ZAR
Confectionery Baker12,800 ZAR
Conference Services Manager22,600 ZAR
Cook18,300 ZAR
Corporate Sous Chef30,000 ZAR
Corporate Travel Consultant29,300 ZAR
Croupier14,400 ZAR
Culinary Assistant9,330 ZAR
Culinary Associate9,340 ZAR
Dietary Aide20,400 ZAR
Dining Room Supervisor19,400 ZAR
Dishwasher8,690 ZAR
Duty Manager25,100 ZAR
Events Coordinator15,100 ZAR
Executive Chef24,400 ZAR
Executive Pastry Chef18,500 ZAR
Fast Food Cook17,300 ZAR
Fast Food Shift Supervisor17,500 ZAR
Fine Dining Cook30,600 ZAR
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef30,500 ZAR
Fleet Manager51,200 ZAR
Food and Beverage Manager39,500 ZAR
Food Consultant32,600 ZAR
Food Safety Coordinator24,100 ZAR
Food Server9,730 ZAR
Food Service Director36,600 ZAR
Food Service Manager42,600 ZAR
Food Service Sales23,700 ZAR
Food Service Worker10,400 ZAR
Front Desk Agent12,100 ZAR
Front Office Manager22,000 ZAR
Guest Service Executive33,900 ZAR
Guest Service Representative13,000 ZAR
Head Concierge16,300 ZAR
Hospitality Director61,700 ZAR
Hostess / Host11,400 ZAR
Hotel Desk Clerk11,600 ZAR
Hotel Maid8,990 ZAR
Hotel Manager55,800 ZAR
Hotel Sales Manager44,800 ZAR
Hotel Service Supervisor31,400 ZAR
Hotel Staff10,900 ZAR
Inventory Coordinator13,100 ZAR
Kitchen Manager19,100 ZAR
Kitchen Staff10,500 ZAR
Kitchen Supervisor18,000 ZAR
Line Cook18,000 ZAR
Luggage Porter8,420 ZAR
Motel Manager31,500 ZAR
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant10,800 ZAR
Production Operator17,600 ZAR
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator18,100 ZAR
Receptionist12,500 ZAR
Regional Restaurant Manager44,500 ZAR
Restaurant Manager38,000 ZAR
Room Reservations Manager37,500 ZAR
Room Service Manager35,700 ZAR
Sous Chef23,400 ZAR
Supervisor of Food Services26,300 ZAR
Tour Consultant30,100 ZAR
Travel Agent19,800 ZAR
Travel Consultant30,700 ZAR
Waiter / Waitress9,890 ZAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in South Africa range from 7,880 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 57,900 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,200 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 20,200 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 20,200 ZAR. 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 people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 12,600 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,600 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 37,500 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 37,500 ZAR.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in South Africa costs anywhere from 156,000 Rand(s) to 467,000 Rand(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 employees in South Africa who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

20,200 ZAR
22,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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.

South Africa / 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 South Africa is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low bonus-based field 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.

75% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
30,300 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in South Africa

120 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 120 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximately 120 ZAR 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 32% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein20,500 ZAR
Cape Town24,500 ZAR
Durban23,400 ZAR
Johannesburg22,500 ZAR
Port Elizabeth21,300 ZAR
Pretoria22,100 ZAR
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