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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in France 2021

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

Average Yearly Salary
15,200 EUR
( 1,270 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in France typically earns around 15,200 EUR per year. Salaries range from 7,470 EUR (lowest) to 23,800 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 France

Median and salary distribution yearly France Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in France range from 7,470 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 23,800 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,500 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 15,500 EUR while the other half are earning more than 15,500 EUR. 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 10,400 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,400 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 20,100 EUR while 25% are earning more than 20,100 EUR.

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 8,850 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 11,400 EUR per year, 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 15,700 EUR per year, 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 19,500 EUR per year, 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 20,800 EUR per year, 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 22,200 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
8,850 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
11,400 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
15,700 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
19,500 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
20,800 EUR
20+ Years+7%
22,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 11,400 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 16,300 EUR per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 22,500 EUR per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in France

High School
11,400 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
16,300 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
22,500 EUR
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

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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 France earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

14,800 EUR
15,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

France / 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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France 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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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

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

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in France

7 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 7 EUR. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in France earns approximately 7 EUR 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 yearly France
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 54% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder19,500 EUR+28%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper14,100 EUR-7%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director62,200 EUR+310%
Assistant Hospitality Manager65,000 EUR+330%
Assistant Storekeeper12,600 EUR-17%
Assistant Tour Manager31,800 EUR+110%
Baker and Pastrycook16,500 EUR+8%
Bakery Manager36,300 EUR+140%
Bakery Superintendent23,000 EUR+51%
Banquet Manager26,300 EUR+73%
Banquet Server15,000 EUR-2%
Bar Attendant16,100 EUR+6%
Bar Manager31,700 EUR+110%
Bar Supervisor21,200 EUR+39%
Barista19,600 EUR+29%
Bartender18,600 EUR+22%
Bellman15,100 EUR-1%
Beverage Manager36,900 EUR+140%
Bistro Attendant15,500 EUR+2%
Buffet Chef28,300 EUR+86%
Buffet Host16,100 EUR+6%
Buffet Manager35,000 EUR+130%
Butcher and Slaughterer12,800 EUR-16%
Cafeteria Manager28,400 EUR+86%
Cake Decorator17,900 EUR+17%
Casino Shift Manager55,900 EUR+270%
Chain Store Customer Support25,100 EUR+65%
Chef30,200 EUR+98%
Club Manager57,200 EUR+280%
Cluster Director74,600 EUR+390%
Cluster Revenue Manager57,000 EUR+270%
Cocktail Server16,200 EUR+6%
Coffee Shop Manager53,100 EUR+250%
Concierge14,500 EUR-5%
Confectionery Baker17,600 EUR+15%
Conference Services Manager35,700 EUR+130%
Cook25,400 EUR+67%
Corporate Sous Chef43,200 EUR+180%
Corporate Travel Consultant44,200 EUR+190%
Croupier21,000 EUR+38%
Culinary Assistant14,300 EUR-6%
Culinary Associate13,900 EUR-9%
Dietary Aide29,500 EUR+94%
Dining Room Supervisor27,400 EUR+80%
Dishwasher11,900 EUR-22%
Duty Manager35,900 EUR+140%
Events Coordinator22,000 EUR+44%
Executive Chef33,100 EUR+120%
Executive Pastry Chef27,400 EUR+80%
Fast Food Cook23,400 EUR+54%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor26,000 EUR+71%
Fine Dining Cook44,400 EUR+190%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef44,600 EUR+190%
Fleet Manager74,500 EUR+390%
Food and Beverage Manager59,600 EUR+290%
Food Consultant47,800 EUR+210%
Food Safety Coordinator34,400 EUR+130%
Food Server15,500 EUR+2%
Food Service Director56,800 EUR+270%
Food Service Manager64,000 EUR+320%
Food Service Sales35,700 EUR+130%
Food Service Worker15,200 EUR-0%
Front Desk Agent17,200 EUR+13%
Front Office Manager33,900 EUR+120%
Guest Service Executive52,000 EUR+240%
Guest Service Representative21,100 EUR+38%
Head Concierge23,800 EUR+56%
Hospitality Director91,100 EUR+500%
Hostess / Host18,500 EUR+21%
Hotel Desk Clerk17,700 EUR+16%
Hotel Maid13,000 EUR-15%
Hotel Manager88,100 EUR+480%
Hotel Sales Manager63,400 EUR+320%
Hotel Service Supervisor48,300 EUR+220%
Hotel Staff16,700 EUR+10%
Inventory Coordinator19,100 EUR+25%
Kitchen Manager28,600 EUR+88%
Kitchen Staff16,900 EUR+11%
Kitchen Supervisor27,200 EUR+78%
Line Cook28,200 EUR+85%
Luggage Porter12,400 EUR-19%
Motel Manager49,400 EUR+220%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant16,400 EUR+8%
Production Operator24,400 EUR+60%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator28,700 EUR+88%
Receptionist17,100 EUR+12%
Regional Restaurant Manager65,900 EUR+330%
Restaurant Manager60,500 EUR+300%
Room Reservations Manager58,300 EUR+280%
Room Service Manager54,000 EUR+250%
Sous Chef34,200 EUR+120%
Supervisor of Food Services38,700 EUR+150%
Tour Consultant45,100 EUR+200%
Travel Agent31,300 EUR+110%
Travel Consultant42,200 EUR+180%
Waiter / Waitress15,200 EUR-0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux14,000 EUR
Lille14,500 EUR
Lyon15,600 EUR
Marseille16,200 EUR
Montpellier14,900 EUR
Nantes15,000 EUR
Nice15,600 EUR
Paris16,000 EUR
Strasbourg14,300 EUR
Toulouse15,700 EUR

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 France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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