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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||93,100 LKR|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||77,300 LKR|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||146,000 LKR|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||143,000 LKR|
|Assistant Storekeeper||63,900 LKR|
|Assistant Tour Manager||110,000 LKR|
|Baker and Pastrycook||73,300 LKR|
|Bakery Manager||114,000 LKR|
|Bakery Superintendent||89,500 LKR|
|Banquet Manager||91,400 LKR|
|Banquet Server||71,600 LKR|
|Bar Attendant||75,700 LKR|
|Bar Manager||122,000 LKR|
|Bar Supervisor||94,600 LKR|
|Beverage Manager||112,000 LKR|
|Bistro Attendant||74,300 LKR|
|Buffet Chef||104,000 LKR|
|Buffet Host||66,300 LKR|
|Buffet Manager||110,000 LKR|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||68,300 LKR|
|Cafeteria Manager||104,000 LKR|
|Cake Decorator||74,800 LKR|
|Casino Shift Manager||133,000 LKR|
|Chain Store Customer Support||89,900 LKR|
|Club Manager||131,000 LKR|
|Cluster Director||148,000 LKR|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||141,000 LKR|
|Cocktail Server||67,300 LKR|
|Coffee Shop Manager||130,000 LKR|
|Confectionery Baker||82,500 LKR|
|Conference Services Manager||104,000 LKR|
|Corporate Sous Chef||112,000 LKR|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||99,400 LKR|
|Culinary Assistant||74,600 LKR|
|Culinary Associate||80,700 LKR|
|Dietary Aide||95,000 LKR|
|Dining Room Supervisor||109,000 LKR|
|Duty Manager||108,000 LKR|
|Events Coordinator||97,800 LKR|
|Executive Chef||106,000 LKR|
|Executive Pastry Chef||89,100 LKR|
|Fast Food Cook||93,900 LKR|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||105,000 LKR|
|Fine Dining Cook||113,000 LKR|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||114,000 LKR|
|Fleet Manager||126,000 LKR|
|Food and Beverage Manager||121,000 LKR|
|Food Consultant||127,000 LKR|
|Food Safety Coordinator||105,000 LKR|
|Food Server||65,300 LKR|
|Food Service Director||118,000 LKR|
|Food Service Manager||130,000 LKR|
|Food Service Sales||105,000 LKR|
|Food Service Worker||74,300 LKR|
|Front Desk Agent||87,900 LKR|
|Front Office Manager||109,000 LKR|
|Guest Service Executive||134,000 LKR|
|Guest Service Representative||89,200 LKR|
|Head Concierge||88,800 LKR|
|Hospitality Director||179,000 LKR|
|Hostess / Host||89,200 LKR|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||75,400 LKR|
|Hotel Maid||48,100 LKR|
|Hotel Manager||170,000 LKR|
|Hotel Sales Manager||150,000 LKR|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||119,000 LKR|
|Hotel Staff||89,800 LKR|
|Inventory Coordinator||82,800 LKR|
|Kitchen Manager||102,000 LKR|
|Kitchen Staff||78,900 LKR|
|Kitchen Supervisor||91,300 LKR|
|Line Cook||103,000 LKR|
|Luggage Porter||47,600 LKR|
|Motel Manager||119,000 LKR|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||61,900 LKR|
|Production Operator||62,100 LKR|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||79,900 LKR|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||152,000 LKR|
|Restaurant Manager||141,000 LKR|
|Room Reservations Manager||128,000 LKR|
|Room Service Manager||129,000 LKR|
|Sous Chef||92,800 LKR|
|Supervisor of Food Services||114,000 LKR|
|Tour Consultant||103,000 LKR|
|Travel Agent||98,100 LKR|
|Travel Consultant||111,000 LKR|
|Waiter / Waitress||72,700 LKR|
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
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.
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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.