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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Bulgaria 2022

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,200 BGN
( 26,400 BGN yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,200 BGN per month. Salaries range from 840 BGN (lowest average) to 6,140 BGN (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 Rounder1,330 BGN
Assistant Executive Housekeeper980 BGN
Assistant Food and Beverage Director4,480 BGN
Assistant Hospitality Manager4,730 BGN
Assistant Storekeeper870 BGN
Assistant Tour Manager2,150 BGN
Baker and Pastrycook1,100 BGN
Bakery Manager2,400 BGN
Bakery Superintendent1,630 BGN
Banquet Manager1,790 BGN
Banquet Server1,130 BGN
Bar Attendant1,050 BGN
Bar Manager2,310 BGN
Bar Supervisor1,490 BGN
Barista1,310 BGN
Bartender1,290 BGN
Bellman1,080 BGN
Beverage Manager2,710 BGN
Bistro Attendant1,170 BGN
Buffet Chef1,910 BGN
Buffet Host1,030 BGN
Buffet Manager2,370 BGN
Butcher and Slaughterer920 BGN
Cafeteria Manager1,960 BGN
Cake Decorator1,200 BGN
Casino Shift Manager3,700 BGN
Chain Store Customer Support1,690 BGN
Chef2,120 BGN
Club Manager3,760 BGN
Cluster Director4,940 BGN
Cluster Revenue Manager3,990 BGN
Cocktail Server1,070 BGN
Coffee Shop Manager3,570 BGN
Concierge1,070 BGN
Confectionery Baker1,270 BGN
Conference Services Manager2,350 BGN
Cook1,770 BGN
Corporate Sous Chef3,080 BGN
Corporate Travel Consultant3,100 BGN
Croupier1,390 BGN
Culinary Assistant920 BGN
Culinary Associate950 BGN
Dietary Aide2,030 BGN
Dining Room Supervisor1,870 BGN
Dishwasher860 BGN
Duty Manager2,390 BGN
Events Coordinator1,560 BGN
Executive Chef2,370 BGN
Executive Pastry Chef1,900 BGN
Fast Food Cook1,730 BGN
Fast Food Shift Supervisor1,860 BGN
Fine Dining Cook2,850 BGN
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef3,060 BGN
Fleet Manager5,110 BGN
Food and Beverage Manager3,910 BGN
Food Consultant3,330 BGN
Food Safety Coordinator2,300 BGN
Food Server1,030 BGN
Food Service Director4,010 BGN
Food Service Manager4,420 BGN
Food Service Sales2,670 BGN
Food Service Worker1,010 BGN
Front Desk Agent1,300 BGN
Front Office Manager2,320 BGN
Guest Service Executive3,390 BGN
Guest Service Representative1,370 BGN
Head Concierge1,550 BGN
Hospitality Director6,430 BGN
Hostess / Host1,200 BGN
Hotel Desk Clerk1,280 BGN
Hotel Maid920 BGN
Hotel Manager6,090 BGN
Hotel Sales Manager4,620 BGN
Hotel Service Supervisor3,540 BGN
Hotel Staff1,090 BGN
Inventory Coordinator1,400 BGN
Kitchen Manager2,010 BGN
Kitchen Staff1,140 BGN
Kitchen Supervisor1,780 BGN
Line Cook1,920 BGN
Luggage Porter850 BGN
Motel Manager3,530 BGN
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant1,130 BGN
Production Operator1,730 BGN
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator1,980 BGN
Receptionist1,200 BGN
Regional Restaurant Manager4,810 BGN
Restaurant Manager4,240 BGN
Room Reservations Manager3,920 BGN
Room Service Manager3,850 BGN
Sous Chef2,340 BGN
Supervisor of Food Services2,930 BGN
Tour Consultant3,070 BGN
Travel Agent2,050 BGN
Travel Consultant3,050 BGN
Waiter / Waitress1,060 BGN

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

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Bulgaria range from 840 BGN per month (minimum average salary) to 6,140 BGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,250 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 2,250 BGN while the other half are earning more than 2,250 BGN. 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 1,390 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,390 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 4,280 BGN while 25% are earning more than 4,280 BGN.

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 Bulgaria costs anywhere from 16,500 Bulgarian Lev(s) to 49,500 Bulgarian Lev(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

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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 Bulgaria who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,260 BGN
2,130 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 20 months.

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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.

Bulgaria / 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 Bulgaria is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bulgaria for the year 2021. 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 Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria 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.

74% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% 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.

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

13 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 13 BGN. This means that the average person in Bulgaria earns approximately 13 BGN 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 Bulgaria
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas2,300 BGN
Plovdiv2,480 BGN
Rousse2,250 BGN
Sofia2,570 BGN
Stara Zagora2,160 BGN
Varna2,390 BGN

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 Bulgaria earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,130 BGN
Public Sector+9%
3,420 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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