A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 5,770 AED per month. Salaries range from 2,830 AED (lowest) to 9,000 AED (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Waiter / Waitress salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Waiter / Waitress salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 2,830 AED per month (minimum salary) to 9,000 AED per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 5,890 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 5,890 AED while the other half are earning more than 5,890 AED. 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 Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 3,920 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 3,920 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 7,590 AED while 25% are earning more than 7,590 AED.
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 your wage. We broke down Waiter / Waitress salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Waiter / Waitress with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,350 AED per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,310 AED per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,940 AED per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 7,360 AED per month, 24% 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 7,890 AED per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 8,410 AED per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Waiter / Waitress is 4,310 AED per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 6,160 AED per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 8,510 AED per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Waiter / Waitress employees in United Arab Emirates earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.
Waiter / Waitress(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% 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 United Arab Emirates 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.
A Waiter / Waitress 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.
70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% 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 United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.
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 Waiter / Waitress is 56% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 34% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||7,550 AED||+31%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||5,650 AED||-2%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||26,300 AED||+360%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||28,600 AED||+400%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||4,660 AED||-19%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||12,800 AED||+120%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||6,230 AED||+8%|
|Bakery Manager||14,100 AED||+140%|
|Bakery Superintendent||9,530 AED||+65%|
|Banquet Manager||10,400 AED||+80%|
|Banquet Server||6,060 AED||+5%|
|Bar Attendant||5,810 AED||+1%|
|Bar Manager||13,100 AED||+130%|
|Bar Supervisor||9,000 AED||+56%|
|Beverage Manager||15,900 AED||+180%|
|Bistro Attendant||6,080 AED||+5%|
|Buffet Chef||11,700 AED||+100%|
|Buffet Host||6,140 AED||+6%|
|Buffet Manager||13,700 AED||+140%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||4,780 AED||-17%|
|Cafeteria Manager||12,200 AED||+110%|
|Cake Decorator||6,840 AED||+19%|
|Casino Shift Manager||21,400 AED||+270%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||9,600 AED||+66%|
|Club Manager||23,400 AED||+310%|
|Cluster Director||28,800 AED||+400%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||23,000 AED||+300%|
|Cocktail Server||6,060 AED||+5%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||22,600 AED||+290%|
|Confectionery Baker||7,120 AED||+23%|
|Conference Services Manager||13,800 AED||+140%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||17,400 AED||+200%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||18,300 AED||+220%|
|Culinary Assistant||5,180 AED||-10%|
|Culinary Associate||5,320 AED||-8%|
|Dietary Aide||11,900 AED||+110%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||10,900 AED||+89%|
|Duty Manager||14,500 AED||+150%|
|Events Coordinator||8,790 AED||+52%|
|Executive Chef||14,600 AED||+150%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||11,000 AED||+91%|
|Fast Food Cook||10,200 AED||+77%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||10,800 AED||+87%|
|Fine Dining Cook||17,300 AED||+200%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||17,100 AED||+200%|
|Fleet Manager||30,100 AED||+420%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||24,400 AED||+320%|
|Food Consultant||18,500 AED||+220%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||13,900 AED||+140%|
|Food Server||5,590 AED||-3%|
|Food Service Director||23,800 AED||+310%|
|Food Service Manager||26,700 AED||+360%|
|Food Service Sales||15,500 AED||+170%|
|Food Service Worker||5,480 AED||-5%|
|Front Desk Agent||6,850 AED||+19%|
|Front Office Manager||13,300 AED||+130%|
|Guest Service Executive||21,100 AED||+270%|
|Guest Service Representative||7,560 AED||+31%|
|Head Concierge||8,950 AED||+55%|
|Hospitality Director||36,100 AED||+530%|
|Hostess / Host||6,520 AED||+13%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||6,920 AED||+20%|
|Hotel Maid||4,670 AED||-19%|
|Hotel Manager||35,900 AED||+520%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||27,000 AED||+370%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||20,400 AED||+250%|
|Hotel Staff||6,250 AED||+8%|
|Inventory Coordinator||7,310 AED||+27%|
|Kitchen Manager||12,400 AED||+110%|
|Kitchen Staff||5,970 AED||+3%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||10,700 AED||+85%|
|Line Cook||10,900 AED||+89%|
|Luggage Porter||4,860 AED||-16%|
|Motel Manager||20,000 AED||+250%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||6,470 AED||+12%|
|Production Operator||10,200 AED||+77%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||10,800 AED||+87%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||30,000 AED||+420%|
|Restaurant Manager||23,700 AED||+310%|
|Room Reservations Manager||24,000 AED||+320%|
|Room Service Manager||23,400 AED||+310%|
|Sous Chef||12,900 AED||+120%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||15,800 AED||+170%|
|Tour Consultant||18,500 AED||+220%|
|Travel Agent||12,000 AED||+110%|
|Travel Consultant||18,200 AED||+220%|
|Waiter / Waitress||5,770 AED||=|
|Abu Dhabi||6,170 AED|
|Al Ain||5,930 AED|
|Ras Al Khaimah||5,490 AED|
|Um Al Quiwain||5,060 AED|