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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
95,100 LKR
( 1,140,000 LKR yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Sri Lanka typically earns around 95,100 LKR per month. Salaries range from 45,500 LKR (lowest average) to 170,000 LKR (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 Rounder93,100 LKR
Assistant Executive Housekeeper77,300 LKR
Assistant Food and Beverage Director146,000 LKR
Assistant Hospitality Manager143,000 LKR
Assistant Storekeeper63,900 LKR
Assistant Tour Manager110,000 LKR
Baker and Pastrycook73,300 LKR
Bakery Manager114,000 LKR
Bakery Superintendent89,500 LKR
Banquet Manager91,400 LKR
Banquet Server71,600 LKR
Bar Attendant75,700 LKR
Bar Manager122,000 LKR
Bar Supervisor94,600 LKR
Barista82,500 LKR
Bartender77,500 LKR
Bellman59,400 LKR
Beverage Manager112,000 LKR
Bistro Attendant74,300 LKR
Buffet Chef104,000 LKR
Buffet Host66,300 LKR
Buffet Manager110,000 LKR
Butcher and Slaughterer68,300 LKR
Cafeteria Manager104,000 LKR
Cake Decorator74,800 LKR
Casino Shift Manager133,000 LKR
Chain Store Customer Support89,900 LKR
Chef97,700 LKR
Club Manager131,000 LKR
Cluster Director148,000 LKR
Cluster Revenue Manager141,000 LKR
Cocktail Server67,300 LKR
Coffee Shop Manager130,000 LKR
Concierge73,000 LKR
Confectionery Baker82,500 LKR
Conference Services Manager104,000 LKR
Cook93,500 LKR
Corporate Sous Chef112,000 LKR
Corporate Travel Consultant99,400 LKR
Croupier90,900 LKR
Culinary Assistant74,600 LKR
Culinary Associate80,700 LKR
Dietary Aide95,000 LKR
Dining Room Supervisor109,000 LKR
Dishwasher49,800 LKR
Duty Manager108,000 LKR
Events Coordinator97,800 LKR
Executive Chef106,000 LKR
Executive Pastry Chef89,100 LKR
Fast Food Cook93,900 LKR
Fast Food Shift Supervisor105,000 LKR
Fine Dining Cook113,000 LKR
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef114,000 LKR
Fleet Manager126,000 LKR
Food and Beverage Manager121,000 LKR
Food Consultant127,000 LKR
Food Safety Coordinator105,000 LKR
Food Server65,300 LKR
Food Service Director118,000 LKR
Food Service Manager130,000 LKR
Food Service Sales105,000 LKR
Food Service Worker74,300 LKR
Front Desk Agent87,900 LKR
Front Office Manager109,000 LKR
Guest Service Executive134,000 LKR
Guest Service Representative89,200 LKR
Head Concierge88,800 LKR
Hospitality Director179,000 LKR
Hostess / Host89,200 LKR
Hotel Desk Clerk75,400 LKR
Hotel Maid48,100 LKR
Hotel Manager170,000 LKR
Hotel Sales Manager150,000 LKR
Hotel Service Supervisor119,000 LKR
Hotel Staff89,800 LKR
Inventory Coordinator82,800 LKR
Kitchen Manager102,000 LKR
Kitchen Staff78,900 LKR
Kitchen Supervisor91,300 LKR
Line Cook103,000 LKR
Luggage Porter47,600 LKR
Motel Manager119,000 LKR
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant61,900 LKR
Production Operator62,100 LKR
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator79,900 LKR
Receptionist90,000 LKR
Regional Restaurant Manager152,000 LKR
Restaurant Manager141,000 LKR
Room Reservations Manager128,000 LKR
Room Service Manager129,000 LKR
Sous Chef92,800 LKR
Supervisor of Food Services114,000 LKR
Tour Consultant103,000 LKR
Travel Agent98,100 LKR
Travel Consultant111,000 LKR
Waiter / Waitress72,700 LKR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Sri Lanka

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka range from 45,500 LKR per month (minimum average salary) to 170,000 LKR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 97,000 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 97,000 LKR while the other half are earning more than 97,000 LKR. 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 64,100 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 64,100 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 136,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 136,000 LKR.

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 Sri Lanka costs anywhere from 577,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(s) to 1,730,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(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 Sri Lanka 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 earn 15% more than their female counterparts.

87,100 LKR
100,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka 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.

Sri Lanka / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka
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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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

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

73% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Sri Lanka
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
111,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
119,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Forecast and Trend in Sri Lanka

How do Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Average Salary 2016
84,500 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
87,600 LKR
Average Salary 2018+3%
90,000 LKR
Average Salary 2019+2%
91,700 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Sri Lanka are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Sri Lanka

550 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 550 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximately 550 LKR 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 Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.

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Colombo113,000 LKR
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