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

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

Average Monthly Salary
6,980 GTQ
( 83,800 GTQ yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Guatemala typically earns around 6,980 GTQ per month. Salaries range from 2,650 GTQ (lowest average) to 19,500 GTQ (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 Rounder3,940 GTQ
Assistant Executive Housekeeper3,020 GTQ
Assistant Food and Beverage Director13,100 GTQ
Assistant Hospitality Manager13,500 GTQ
Assistant Storekeeper2,730 GTQ
Assistant Tour Manager6,660 GTQ
Baker and Pastrycook3,380 GTQ
Bakery Manager7,600 GTQ
Bakery Superintendent4,800 GTQ
Banquet Manager5,030 GTQ
Banquet Server3,280 GTQ
Bar Attendant3,460 GTQ
Bar Manager6,470 GTQ
Bar Supervisor4,870 GTQ
Barista4,120 GTQ
Bartender4,040 GTQ
Bellman3,230 GTQ
Beverage Manager8,160 GTQ
Bistro Attendant3,330 GTQ
Buffet Chef6,290 GTQ
Buffet Host3,270 GTQ
Buffet Manager7,230 GTQ
Butcher and Slaughterer2,680 GTQ
Cafeteria Manager6,040 GTQ
Cake Decorator3,680 GTQ
Casino Shift Manager10,900 GTQ
Chain Store Customer Support5,130 GTQ
Chef5,980 GTQ
Club Manager12,000 GTQ
Cluster Director14,600 GTQ
Cluster Revenue Manager11,300 GTQ
Cocktail Server3,440 GTQ
Coffee Shop Manager11,800 GTQ
Concierge2,930 GTQ
Confectionery Baker3,600 GTQ
Conference Services Manager7,010 GTQ
Cook5,430 GTQ
Corporate Sous Chef9,230 GTQ
Corporate Travel Consultant8,900 GTQ
Croupier4,410 GTQ
Culinary Assistant2,880 GTQ
Culinary Associate2,850 GTQ
Dietary Aide6,370 GTQ
Dining Room Supervisor5,540 GTQ
Dishwasher2,450 GTQ
Duty Manager7,360 GTQ
Events Coordinator5,000 GTQ
Executive Chef7,470 GTQ
Executive Pastry Chef5,700 GTQ
Fast Food Cook5,070 GTQ
Fast Food Shift Supervisor5,520 GTQ
Fine Dining Cook8,850 GTQ
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef9,240 GTQ
Fleet Manager15,000 GTQ
Food and Beverage Manager11,900 GTQ
Food Consultant9,670 GTQ
Food Safety Coordinator7,060 GTQ
Food Server3,270 GTQ
Food Service Director12,200 GTQ
Food Service Manager13,200 GTQ
Food Service Sales7,780 GTQ
Food Service Worker3,190 GTQ
Front Desk Agent3,710 GTQ
Front Office Manager6,450 GTQ
Guest Service Executive10,300 GTQ
Guest Service Representative4,230 GTQ
Head Concierge5,110 GTQ
Hospitality Director17,900 GTQ
Hostess / Host3,700 GTQ
Hotel Desk Clerk3,740 GTQ
Hotel Maid2,770 GTQ
Hotel Manager17,900 GTQ
Hotel Sales Manager12,900 GTQ
Hotel Service Supervisor9,960 GTQ
Hotel Staff3,300 GTQ
Inventory Coordinator3,870 GTQ
Kitchen Manager5,980 GTQ
Kitchen Staff3,250 GTQ
Kitchen Supervisor5,420 GTQ
Line Cook5,870 GTQ
Luggage Porter2,740 GTQ
Motel Manager9,630 GTQ
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant3,590 GTQ
Production Operator5,090 GTQ
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator5,430 GTQ
Receptionist3,930 GTQ
Regional Restaurant Manager14,700 GTQ
Restaurant Manager12,400 GTQ
Room Reservations Manager12,100 GTQ
Room Service Manager11,400 GTQ
Sous Chef7,090 GTQ
Supervisor of Food Services8,270 GTQ
Tour Consultant8,630 GTQ
Travel Agent6,140 GTQ
Travel Consultant8,650 GTQ
Waiter / Waitress3,030 GTQ

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Guatemala Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Guatemala range from 2,650 GTQ per month (minimum average salary) to 19,500 GTQ per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,400 GTQ per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 7,400 GTQ while the other half are earning more than 7,400 GTQ. 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 4,520 GTQ while 75% of them are earning more than 4,520 GTQ. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 14,200 GTQ while 25% are earning more than 14,200 GTQ.

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 Guatemala costs anywhere from 52,400 Quetzal(s) to 157,000 Quetzal(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 Guatemala 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 in Guatemala who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

7,440 GTQ
6,620 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Guatemala for all Careers

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

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Guatemala are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 18 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.

Guatemala / 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 Guatemala is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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

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

40 GTQ per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Guatemala is 40 GTQ. This means that the average person in Guatemala earns approximately 40 GTQ 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 Guatemala
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Guatemala earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
10,000 GTQ
Public Sector+11%
11,100 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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