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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in Colombia 2020

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in Colombia?

Average Monthly Salary
1,540,000 COP
( 18,500,000 COP yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Colombia typically earns around 1,540,000 COP per month. Salaries range from 756,000 COP (lowest) to 2,410,000 COP (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 Colombia

Median and salary distribution monthly Colombia Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in Colombia range from 756,000 COP per month (minimum salary) to 2,410,000 COP per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,570,000 COP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 1,570,000 COP while the other half are earning more than 1,570,000 COP. 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 1,050,000 COP while 75% of them are earning more than 1,050,000 COP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 2,030,000 COP while 25% are earning more than 2,030,000 COP.

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?

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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 896,000 COP per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,150,000 COP 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 1,590,000 COP 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 1,970,000 COP 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 2,110,000 COP 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 2,250,000 COP per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in Colombia

0 - 2 Years
896,000 COP
2 - 5 Years+29%
1,150,000 COP
5 - 10 Years+38%
1,590,000 COP
10 - 15 Years+24%
1,970,000 COP
15 - 20 Years+7%
2,110,000 COP
20+ Years+7%
2,250,000 COP
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.

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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 1,150,000 COP per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 1,650,000 COP per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 2,270,000 COP per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in Colombia

High School
1,150,000 COP
Certificate or Diploma+43%
1,650,000 COP
Bachelor's Degree+38%
2,270,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Colombia 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 Colombia earn 15% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,410,000 COP
1,620,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Colombia for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Colombia

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in Colombia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 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.

Colombia / 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 Colombia is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

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

73% of surveyed staff 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 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 Colombia earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,400,000 COP
Public Sector+11%
4,880,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in Colombia

8,900 COP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Colombia is 8,900 COP. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in Colombia earns approximately 8,900 COP 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 Colombia
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 51% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder1,810,000 COP+17%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper1,380,000 COP-11%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director6,240,000 COP+300%
Assistant Hospitality Manager6,380,000 COP+310%
Assistant Storekeeper1,200,000 COP-22%
Assistant Tour Manager2,890,000 COP+87%
Baker and Pastrycook1,550,000 COP+1%
Bakery Manager3,500,000 COP+130%
Bakery Superintendent2,330,000 COP+51%
Banquet Manager2,340,000 COP+52%
Banquet Server1,490,000 COP-3%
Bar Attendant1,550,000 COP+1%
Bar Manager3,260,000 COP+110%
Bar Supervisor2,130,000 COP+38%
Barista1,910,000 COP+24%
Bartender1,730,000 COP+12%
Bellman1,430,000 COP-7%
Beverage Manager3,700,000 COP+140%
Bistro Attendant1,610,000 COP+4%
Buffet Chef2,880,000 COP+87%
Buffet Host1,570,000 COP+2%
Buffet Manager3,330,000 COP+120%
Butcher and Slaughterer1,310,000 COP-15%
Cafeteria Manager2,830,000 COP+84%
Cake Decorator1,690,000 COP+10%
Casino Shift Manager5,420,000 COP+250%
Chain Store Customer Support2,440,000 COP+58%
Chef2,850,000 COP+85%
Club Manager5,350,000 COP+250%
Cluster Director7,230,000 COP+370%
Cluster Revenue Manager5,370,000 COP+250%
Cocktail Server1,490,000 COP-3%
Coffee Shop Manager5,390,000 COP+250%
Concierge1,430,000 COP-7%
Confectionery Baker1,760,000 COP+14%
Conference Services Manager3,370,000 COP+120%
Cook2,560,000 COP+66%
Corporate Sous Chef4,100,000 COP+170%
Corporate Travel Consultant4,400,000 COP+190%
Croupier2,030,000 COP+32%
Culinary Assistant1,300,000 COP-16%
Culinary Associate1,360,000 COP-12%
Dietary Aide2,800,000 COP+82%
Dining Room Supervisor2,540,000 COP+65%
Dishwasher1,190,000 COP-23%
Duty Manager3,370,000 COP+120%
Events Coordinator2,340,000 COP+52%
Executive Chef3,270,000 COP+110%
Executive Pastry Chef2,660,000 COP+72%
Fast Food Cook2,290,000 COP+49%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor2,540,000 COP+65%
Fine Dining Cook4,240,000 COP+170%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef4,290,000 COP+180%
Fleet Manager7,120,000 COP+360%
Food and Beverage Manager5,360,000 COP+250%
Food Consultant4,620,000 COP+200%
Food Safety Coordinator3,240,000 COP+110%
Food Server1,470,000 COP-5%
Food Service Director5,770,000 COP+270%
Food Service Manager5,730,000 COP+270%
Food Service Sales3,540,000 COP+130%
Food Service Worker1,470,000 COP-5%
Front Desk Agent1,790,000 COP+16%
Front Office Manager3,110,000 COP+100%
Guest Service Executive4,760,000 COP+210%
Guest Service Representative2,030,000 COP+32%
Head Concierge2,280,000 COP+48%
Hospitality Director8,850,000 COP+470%
Hostess / Host1,780,000 COP+15%
Hotel Desk Clerk1,780,000 COP+15%
Hotel Maid1,230,000 COP-20%
Hotel Manager8,270,000 COP+440%
Hotel Sales Manager6,510,000 COP+320%
Hotel Service Supervisor4,880,000 COP+220%
Hotel Staff1,530,000 COP-1%
Inventory Coordinator1,820,000 COP+18%
Kitchen Manager2,810,000 COP+82%
Kitchen Staff1,620,000 COP+5%
Kitchen Supervisor2,440,000 COP+58%
Line Cook2,630,000 COP+71%
Luggage Porter1,210,000 COP-22%
Motel Manager4,600,000 COP+200%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant1,640,000 COP+6%
Production Operator2,470,000 COP+60%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator2,710,000 COP+76%
Receptionist1,720,000 COP+12%
Regional Restaurant Manager6,430,000 COP+320%
Restaurant Manager5,750,000 COP+270%
Room Reservations Manager5,380,000 COP+250%
Room Service Manager5,360,000 COP+250%
Sous Chef3,290,000 COP+110%
Supervisor of Food Services3,740,000 COP+140%
Tour Consultant4,020,000 COP+160%
Travel Agent2,950,000 COP+91%
Travel Consultant4,210,000 COP+170%
Waiter / Waitress1,540,000 COP-0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barranquilla1,510,000 COP
Bello1,410,000 COP
Bogota1,620,000 COP
Bucaramanga1,500,000 COP
Buenaventura1,410,000 COP
Cartagena1,520,000 COP
Cucuta1,530,000 COP
Ibague1,460,000 COP
Manizales1,410,000 COP
Medellin1,630,000 COP
Monteria1,470,000 COP
Neiva1,370,000 COP
Pereira1,450,000 COP
Santa Marta1,520,000 COP
Soacha1,470,000 COP
Soledad1,600,000 COP
Valledupar1,450,000 COP
Villavicencio1,420,000 COP
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