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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
5,770 AED
( 69,200 AED yearly)


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 Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 2,830 AED per month (minimum salary) to 9,000 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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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.

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.

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.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
3,350 AED
2 - 5 Years+29%
4,310 AED
5 - 10 Years+38%
5,940 AED
10 - 15 Years+24%
7,360 AED
15 - 20 Years+7%
7,890 AED
20+ Years+7%
8,410 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Waiter / Waitress(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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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.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

High School
4,310 AED
Certificate or Diploma+43%
6,160 AED
Bachelor's Degree+38%
8,510 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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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 Waiter / Waitress employees in United Arab Emirates earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,500 AED
5,960 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates
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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates for Waiter / Waitress(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Waiter / Waitress

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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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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.

United Arab Emirates / 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 United Arab Emirates is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates Waiter / Waitress
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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.

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 United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,900 AED
Public Sector+6%
20,100 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

33 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 33 AED. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 33 AED 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.

Waiter / Waitress VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Waiter / Waitress and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly United Arab Emirates
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder7,550 AED+31%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper5,650 AED-2%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director26,300 AED+360%
Assistant Hospitality Manager28,600 AED+400%
Assistant Storekeeper4,660 AED-19%
Assistant Tour Manager12,800 AED+120%
Baker and Pastrycook6,230 AED+8%
Bakery Manager14,100 AED+140%
Bakery Superintendent9,530 AED+65%
Banquet Manager10,400 AED+80%
Banquet Server6,060 AED+5%
Bar Attendant5,810 AED+1%
Bar Manager13,100 AED+130%
Bar Supervisor9,000 AED+56%
Barista7,780 AED+35%
Bartender7,200 AED+25%
Bellman5,580 AED-3%
Beverage Manager15,900 AED+180%
Bistro Attendant6,080 AED+5%
Buffet Chef11,700 AED+100%
Buffet Host6,140 AED+6%
Buffet Manager13,700 AED+140%
Butcher and Slaughterer4,780 AED-17%
Cafeteria Manager12,200 AED+110%
Cake Decorator6,840 AED+19%
Casino Shift Manager21,400 AED+270%
Chain Store Customer Support9,600 AED+66%
Chef11,800 AED+100%
Club Manager23,400 AED+310%
Cluster Director28,800 AED+400%
Cluster Revenue Manager23,000 AED+300%
Cocktail Server6,060 AED+5%
Coffee Shop Manager22,600 AED+290%
Concierge5,760 AED-0%
Confectionery Baker7,120 AED+23%
Conference Services Manager13,800 AED+140%
Cook10,500 AED+82%
Corporate Sous Chef17,400 AED+200%
Corporate Travel Consultant18,300 AED+220%
Croupier7,860 AED+36%
Culinary Assistant5,180 AED-10%
Culinary Associate5,320 AED-8%
Dietary Aide11,900 AED+110%
Dining Room Supervisor10,900 AED+89%
Dishwasher4,580 AED-21%
Duty Manager14,500 AED+150%
Events Coordinator8,790 AED+52%
Executive Chef14,600 AED+150%
Executive Pastry Chef11,000 AED+91%
Fast Food Cook10,200 AED+77%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor10,800 AED+87%
Fine Dining Cook17,300 AED+200%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef17,100 AED+200%
Fleet Manager30,100 AED+420%
Food and Beverage Manager24,400 AED+320%
Food Consultant18,500 AED+220%
Food Safety Coordinator13,900 AED+140%
Food Server5,590 AED-3%
Food Service Director23,800 AED+310%
Food Service Manager26,700 AED+360%
Food Service Sales15,500 AED+170%
Food Service Worker5,480 AED-5%
Front Desk Agent6,850 AED+19%
Front Office Manager13,300 AED+130%
Guest Service Executive21,100 AED+270%
Guest Service Representative7,560 AED+31%
Head Concierge8,950 AED+55%
Hospitality Director36,100 AED+530%
Hostess / Host6,520 AED+13%
Hotel Desk Clerk6,920 AED+20%
Hotel Maid4,670 AED-19%
Hotel Manager35,900 AED+520%
Hotel Sales Manager27,000 AED+370%
Hotel Service Supervisor20,400 AED+250%
Hotel Staff6,250 AED+8%
Inventory Coordinator7,310 AED+27%
Kitchen Manager12,400 AED+110%
Kitchen Staff5,970 AED+3%
Kitchen Supervisor10,700 AED+85%
Line Cook10,900 AED+89%
Luggage Porter4,860 AED-16%
Motel Manager20,000 AED+250%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant6,470 AED+12%
Production Operator10,200 AED+77%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator10,800 AED+87%
Receptionist7,100 AED+23%
Regional Restaurant Manager30,000 AED+420%
Restaurant Manager23,700 AED+310%
Room Reservations Manager24,000 AED+320%
Room Service Manager23,400 AED+310%
Sous Chef12,900 AED+120%
Supervisor of Food Services15,800 AED+170%
Tour Consultant18,500 AED+220%
Travel Agent12,000 AED+110%
Travel Consultant18,200 AED+220%
Waiter / Waitress5,770 AED=

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi6,170 AED
Ajman5,470 AED
Al Ain5,930 AED
Dubai6,240 AED
Fujairah5,490 AED
Ras Al Khaimah5,490 AED
Sharjah5,710 AED
Um Al Quiwain5,060 AED
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