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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Denmark 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
113,000 DKK
( 1,350,000 DKK yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Denmark typically earns around 113,000 DKK per month. Salaries range from 53,800 DKK (lowest average) to 202,000 DKK (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 Rounder103,000 DKK
Assistant Executive Housekeeper85,500 DKK
Assistant Food and Beverage Director153,000 DKK
Assistant Hospitality Manager157,000 DKK
Assistant Storekeeper67,800 DKK
Assistant Tour Manager115,000 DKK
Baker and Pastrycook87,700 DKK
Bakery Manager130,000 DKK
Bakery Superintendent102,000 DKK
Banquet Manager110,000 DKK
Banquet Server85,300 DKK
Bar Attendant87,200 DKK
Bar Manager135,000 DKK
Bar Supervisor100,000 DKK
Barista92,100 DKK
Bartender85,200 DKK
Bellman70,000 DKK
Beverage Manager129,000 DKK
Bistro Attendant80,500 DKK
Buffet Chef118,000 DKK
Buffet Host73,500 DKK
Buffet Manager128,000 DKK
Butcher and Slaughterer76,400 DKK
Cafeteria Manager111,000 DKK
Cake Decorator89,400 DKK
Casino Shift Manager150,000 DKK
Chain Store Customer Support101,000 DKK
Chef105,000 DKK
Club Manager144,000 DKK
Cluster Director167,000 DKK
Cluster Revenue Manager152,000 DKK
Cocktail Server76,300 DKK
Coffee Shop Manager147,000 DKK
Concierge79,500 DKK
Confectionery Baker87,600 DKK
Conference Services Manager112,000 DKK
Cook97,600 DKK
Corporate Sous Chef132,000 DKK
Corporate Travel Consultant118,000 DKK
Croupier104,000 DKK
Culinary Assistant86,200 DKK
Culinary Associate89,100 DKK
Dietary Aide101,000 DKK
Dining Room Supervisor121,000 DKK
Dishwasher52,900 DKK
Duty Manager129,000 DKK
Events Coordinator102,000 DKK
Executive Chef115,000 DKK
Executive Pastry Chef99,800 DKK
Fast Food Cook103,000 DKK
Fast Food Shift Supervisor117,000 DKK
Fine Dining Cook119,000 DKK
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef131,000 DKK
Fleet Manager132,000 DKK
Food and Beverage Manager144,000 DKK
Food Consultant144,000 DKK
Food Safety Coordinator126,000 DKK
Food Server77,300 DKK
Food Service Director134,000 DKK
Food Service Manager140,000 DKK
Food Service Sales125,000 DKK
Food Service Worker84,600 DKK
Front Desk Agent95,300 DKK
Front Office Manager124,000 DKK
Guest Service Executive153,000 DKK
Guest Service Representative101,000 DKK
Head Concierge102,000 DKK
Hospitality Director201,000 DKK
Hostess / Host101,000 DKK
Hotel Desk Clerk79,000 DKK
Hotel Maid56,700 DKK
Hotel Manager205,000 DKK
Hotel Sales Manager166,000 DKK
Hotel Service Supervisor136,000 DKK
Hotel Staff103,000 DKK
Inventory Coordinator86,400 DKK
Kitchen Manager112,000 DKK
Kitchen Staff91,300 DKK
Kitchen Supervisor108,000 DKK
Line Cook113,000 DKK
Luggage Porter53,100 DKK
Motel Manager131,000 DKK
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant72,100 DKK
Production Operator70,900 DKK
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator94,800 DKK
Receptionist95,100 DKK
Regional Restaurant Manager170,000 DKK
Restaurant Manager166,000 DKK
Room Reservations Manager144,000 DKK
Room Service Manager138,000 DKK
Sous Chef106,000 DKK
Supervisor of Food Services129,000 DKK
Tour Consultant124,000 DKK
Travel Agent106,000 DKK
Travel Consultant117,000 DKK
Waiter / Waitress82,900 DKK

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

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

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Denmark range from 53,800 DKK per month (minimum average salary) to 202,000 DKK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 110,000 DKK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 110,000 DKK while the other half are earning more than 110,000 DKK. 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 73,800 DKK while 75% of them are earning more than 73,800 DKK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 153,000 DKK while 25% are earning more than 153,000 DKK.

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?

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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 Denmark costs anywhere from 683,000 Danish Krone(s) to 2,050,000 Danish Krone(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 Denmark 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 earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

110,000 DKK
115,000 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Denmark for all Careers

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

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Denmark are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Denmark 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.

Denmark / All Professions

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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 Denmark is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Denmark 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Denmark

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

72% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% 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.

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 Denmark earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
133,000 DKK
Public Sector+6%
140,000 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Forecast and Trend in Denmark

How do Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
101,000 DKK
Average Salary 2017+4%
105,000 DKK
Average Salary 2018+2%
107,000 DKK
Average Salary 2019+3%
110,000 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Denmark are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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

650 DKK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Denmark is 650 DKK. This means that the average person in Denmark earns approximately 650 DKK 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 Denmark
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.

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Copenhagen120,000 DKK
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