A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Germany typically earns around 6,980 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,210 EUR (lowest) to 11,100 EUR (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 salaries in Germany range from 3,210 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 11,100 EUR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 7,540 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 7,540 EUR while the other half are earning more than 7,540 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.
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 4,840 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,840 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 10,100 EUR while 25% are earning more than 10,100 EUR.
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
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 3,650 EUR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,870 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 7,200 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 8,780 EUR per month, 22% 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 9,570 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 10,400 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 4,160 EUR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 6,530 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 10,900 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+57%|
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 Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.
Waiter / Waitress(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany 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.
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.
65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Waiter / Waitress employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Waiter / Waitress salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% 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.
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.
The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 29% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||8,400 EUR||+20%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||7,310 EUR||+5%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||12,800 EUR||+83%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||14,200 EUR||+100%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||5,920 EUR||-15%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||9,630 EUR||+38%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||7,580 EUR||+9%|
|Bakery Manager||10,400 EUR||+49%|
|Bakery Superintendent||9,050 EUR||+30%|
|Banquet Manager||9,020 EUR||+29%|
|Banquet Server||7,030 EUR||+1%|
|Bar Attendant||7,310 EUR||+5%|
|Bar Manager||11,000 EUR||+58%|
|Bar Supervisor||8,320 EUR||+19%|
|Beverage Manager||10,300 EUR||+47%|
|Bistro Attendant||6,610 EUR||-5%|
|Buffet Chef||9,980 EUR||+43%|
|Buffet Host||6,600 EUR||-5%|
|Buffet Manager||10,700 EUR||+53%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||6,500 EUR||-7%|
|Cafeteria Manager||9,700 EUR||+39%|
|Cake Decorator||7,730 EUR||+11%|
|Casino Shift Manager||12,100 EUR||+73%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||8,590 EUR||+23%|
|Club Manager||11,700 EUR||+68%|
|Cluster Director||13,400 EUR||+92%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||13,800 EUR||+98%|
|Cocktail Server||6,780 EUR||-3%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||12,400 EUR||+78%|
|Confectionery Baker||7,280 EUR||+4%|
|Conference Services Manager||10,200 EUR||+46%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||11,500 EUR||+65%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||9,730 EUR||+39%|
|Culinary Assistant||7,570 EUR||+8%|
|Culinary Associate||8,020 EUR||+15%|
|Dietary Aide||8,810 EUR||+26%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||9,800 EUR||+40%|
|Duty Manager||11,100 EUR||+59%|
|Events Coordinator||8,970 EUR||+28%|
|Executive Chef||9,940 EUR||+42%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||8,480 EUR||+21%|
|Fast Food Cook||8,870 EUR||+27%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||10,000 EUR||+43%|
|Fine Dining Cook||10,400 EUR||+49%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||10,400 EUR||+49%|
|Fleet Manager||11,600 EUR||+66%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||11,900 EUR||+70%|
|Food Consultant||12,200 EUR||+75%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||10,800 EUR||+55%|
|Food Server||6,720 EUR||-4%|
|Food Service Director||11,900 EUR||+70%|
|Food Service Manager||12,100 EUR||+73%|
|Food Service Sales||10,300 EUR||+47%|
|Food Service Worker||6,780 EUR||-3%|
|Front Desk Agent||7,820 EUR||+12%|
|Front Office Manager||11,000 EUR||+58%|
|Guest Service Executive||12,900 EUR||+85%|
|Guest Service Representative||8,560 EUR||+23%|
|Head Concierge||8,570 EUR||+23%|
|Hospitality Director||16,200 EUR||+130%|
|Hostess / Host||8,560 EUR||+23%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||6,600 EUR||-5%|
|Hotel Maid||4,940 EUR||-29%|
|Hotel Manager||16,000 EUR||+130%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||13,500 EUR||+93%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||12,000 EUR||+72%|
|Hotel Staff||8,630 EUR||+24%|
|Inventory Coordinator||7,610 EUR||+9%|
|Kitchen Manager||10,100 EUR||+45%|
|Kitchen Staff||7,630 EUR||+9%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||8,950 EUR||+28%|
|Line Cook||9,210 EUR||+32%|
|Luggage Porter||4,750 EUR||-32%|
|Motel Manager||11,200 EUR||+60%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||5,710 EUR||-18%|
|Production Operator||6,270 EUR||-10%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||8,230 EUR||+18%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||15,200 EUR||+120%|
|Restaurant Manager||13,800 EUR||+98%|
|Room Reservations Manager||12,200 EUR||+75%|
|Room Service Manager||12,000 EUR||+72%|
|Sous Chef||8,490 EUR||+22%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||10,400 EUR||+49%|
|Tour Consultant||10,200 EUR||+46%|
|Travel Agent||9,630 EUR||+38%|
|Travel Consultant||9,750 EUR||+40%|
|Waiter / Waitress||6,980 EUR||-0%|