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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Belgium 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
4,300 EUR
( 51,600 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,890
EUR
AVERAGE
4,300
EUR
HIGH
11,100
EUR

A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Belgium typically earns around 4,300 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,890 EUR (lowest average) to 11,100 EUR (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 Rounder2,840 EUR
Assistant Executive Housekeeper2,230 EUR
Assistant Food and Beverage Director7,900 EUR
Assistant Hospitality Manager8,770 EUR
Assistant Storekeeper1,990 EUR
Assistant Tour Manager4,370 EUR
Baker and Pastrycook2,490 EUR
Bakery Manager4,620 EUR
Bakery Superintendent3,440 EUR
Banquet Manager3,350 EUR
Banquet Server2,370 EUR
Bar Attendant2,320 EUR
Bar Manager4,220 EUR
Bar Supervisor3,110 EUR
Barista2,790 EUR
Bartender2,710 EUR
Bellman2,350 EUR
Beverage Manager5,160 EUR
Bistro Attendant2,500 EUR
Buffet Chef3,800 EUR
Buffet Host2,420 EUR
Buffet Manager4,450 EUR
Butcher and Slaughterer1,990 EUR
Cafeteria Manager4,030 EUR
Cake Decorator2,670 EUR
Casino Shift Manager7,150 EUR
Chain Store Customer Support3,670 EUR
Chef4,250 EUR
Club Manager7,540 EUR
Cluster Director9,370 EUR
Cluster Revenue Manager7,600 EUR
Cocktail Server2,470 EUR
Coffee Shop Manager6,740 EUR
Concierge2,310 EUR
Confectionery Baker2,720 EUR
Conference Services Manager4,590 EUR
Cook3,770 EUR
Corporate Sous Chef5,840 EUR
Corporate Travel Consultant5,820 EUR
Croupier2,860 EUR
Culinary Assistant2,050 EUR
Culinary Associate2,100 EUR
Dietary Aide4,040 EUR
Dining Room Supervisor3,810 EUR
Dishwasher2,000 EUR
Duty Manager4,870 EUR
Events Coordinator3,410 EUR
Executive Chef4,570 EUR
Executive Pastry Chef3,760 EUR
Fast Food Cook3,310 EUR
Fast Food Shift Supervisor3,450 EUR
Fine Dining Cook5,630 EUR
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef5,720 EUR
Fleet Manager9,850 EUR
Food and Beverage Manager7,120 EUR
Food Consultant6,060 EUR
Food Safety Coordinator4,700 EUR
Food Server2,230 EUR
Food Service Director7,300 EUR
Food Service Manager8,260 EUR
Food Service Sales4,980 EUR
Food Service Worker2,200 EUR
Front Desk Agent2,730 EUR
Front Office Manager4,320 EUR
Guest Service Executive6,270 EUR
Guest Service Representative3,000 EUR
Head Concierge3,210 EUR
Hospitality Director11,100 EUR
Hostess / Host2,690 EUR
Hotel Desk Clerk2,580 EUR
Hotel Maid2,080 EUR
Hotel Manager10,500 EUR
Hotel Sales Manager8,010 EUR
Hotel Service Supervisor6,200 EUR
Hotel Staff2,310 EUR
Inventory Coordinator2,800 EUR
Kitchen Manager4,030 EUR
Kitchen Staff2,470 EUR
Kitchen Supervisor3,490 EUR
Line Cook3,670 EUR
Luggage Porter2,040 EUR
Motel Manager6,600 EUR
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant2,370 EUR
Production Operator3,620 EUR
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator3,840 EUR
Receptionist2,600 EUR
Regional Restaurant Manager8,590 EUR
Restaurant Manager7,550 EUR
Room Reservations Manager7,620 EUR
Room Service Manager7,410 EUR
Sous Chef4,490 EUR
Supervisor of Food Services5,160 EUR
Tour Consultant5,420 EUR
Travel Agent4,070 EUR
Travel Consultant5,870 EUR
Waiter / Waitress2,310 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Belgium

Median and salary distribution monthly Belgium 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 Belgium range from 1,890 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 11,100 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,130 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 4,130 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,130 EUR. 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 2,710 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,710 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 7,290 EUR while 25% are earning more than 7,290 EUR.


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 Belgium costs anywhere from 30,700 Euro(s) to 92,200 Euro(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 Belgium 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 Belgium who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
4,180 EUR
Male+7%
4,460 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Belgium for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Belgium

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Belgium 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.

Belgium / 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 Belgium is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium 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 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
27%
No Bonus
73%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Belgium earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
6,000 EUR
Public Sector+5%
6,320 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Belgium


25 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 25 EUR. This means that the average person in Belgium earns approximately 25 EUR 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 Belgium
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 30% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp4,980 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)4,310 EUR
Brussel4,450 EUR
Charleroi4,730 EUR
Gent (Ghent)4,890 EUR
Leuven4,080 EUR
Liege4,640 EUR
Namur4,250 EUR
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