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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in United Arab Emirates 2021

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
12,800 AED
( 154,000 AED yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 12,800 AED per month. Salaries range from 4,370 AED (lowest average) to 37,100 AED (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 Rounder7,550 AED
Assistant Executive Housekeeper5,650 AED
Assistant Food and Beverage Director26,300 AED
Assistant Hospitality Manager28,600 AED
Assistant Storekeeper4,660 AED
Assistant Tour Manager12,800 AED
Baker and Pastrycook6,230 AED
Bakery Manager14,100 AED
Bakery Superintendent9,530 AED
Banquet Manager10,400 AED
Banquet Server6,060 AED
Bar Attendant5,810 AED
Bar Manager13,100 AED
Bar Supervisor9,000 AED
Barista7,780 AED
Bartender7,200 AED
Bellman5,580 AED
Beverage Manager15,900 AED
Bistro Attendant6,080 AED
Buffet Chef11,700 AED
Buffet Host6,140 AED
Buffet Manager13,700 AED
Butcher and Slaughterer4,780 AED
Cafeteria Manager12,200 AED
Cake Decorator6,840 AED
Casino Shift Manager21,400 AED
Chain Store Customer Support9,600 AED
Chef11,800 AED
Club Manager23,400 AED
Cluster Director28,800 AED
Cluster Revenue Manager23,000 AED
Cocktail Server6,060 AED
Coffee Shop Manager22,600 AED
Concierge5,760 AED
Confectionery Baker7,120 AED
Conference Services Manager13,800 AED
Cook10,500 AED
Corporate Sous Chef17,400 AED
Corporate Travel Consultant18,300 AED
Croupier7,860 AED
Culinary Assistant5,180 AED
Culinary Associate5,320 AED
Dietary Aide11,900 AED
Dining Room Supervisor10,900 AED
Dishwasher4,580 AED
Duty Manager14,500 AED
Events Coordinator8,790 AED
Executive Chef14,600 AED
Executive Pastry Chef11,000 AED
Fast Food Cook10,200 AED
Fast Food Shift Supervisor10,800 AED
Fine Dining Cook17,300 AED
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef17,100 AED
Fleet Manager30,100 AED
Food and Beverage Manager24,400 AED
Food Consultant18,500 AED
Food Safety Coordinator13,900 AED
Food Server5,590 AED
Food Service Director23,800 AED
Food Service Manager26,700 AED
Food Service Sales15,500 AED
Food Service Worker5,480 AED
Front Desk Agent6,850 AED
Front Office Manager13,300 AED
Guest Service Executive21,100 AED
Guest Service Representative7,560 AED
Head Concierge8,950 AED
Hospitality Director36,100 AED
Hostess / Host6,520 AED
Hotel Desk Clerk6,920 AED
Hotel Maid4,670 AED
Hotel Manager35,900 AED
Hotel Sales Manager27,000 AED
Hotel Service Supervisor20,400 AED
Hotel Staff6,250 AED
Inventory Coordinator7,310 AED
Kitchen Manager12,400 AED
Kitchen Staff5,970 AED
Kitchen Supervisor10,700 AED
Line Cook10,900 AED
Luggage Porter4,860 AED
Motel Manager20,000 AED
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant6,470 AED
Production Operator10,200 AED
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator10,800 AED
Receptionist7,100 AED
Regional Restaurant Manager30,000 AED
Restaurant Manager23,700 AED
Room Reservations Manager24,000 AED
Room Service Manager23,400 AED
Sous Chef12,900 AED
Supervisor of Food Services15,800 AED
Tour Consultant18,500 AED
Travel Agent12,000 AED
Travel Consultant18,200 AED
Waiter / Waitress5,770 AED

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates range from 4,370 AED per month (minimum average salary) to 37,100 AED per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 12,000 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 12,000 AED while the other half are earning more than 12,000 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 people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 7,380 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 7,380 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 23,100 AED while 25% are earning more than 23,100 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 United Arab Emirates costs anywhere from 97,900 UAE Dirham(s) to 294,000 UAE Dirham(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 United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

13,200 AED
12,300 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates 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.

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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2020. 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 United Arab Emirates

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

75% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% 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
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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in United Arab Emirates

74 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 74 AED. This means that the average person in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 74 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 35% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi13,700 AED
Ajman12,600 AED
Al Ain12,900 AED
Dubai14,100 AED
Fujairah11,800 AED
Ras Al Khaimah12,200 AED
Sharjah13,400 AED
Um Al Quiwain11,500 AED

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

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