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Chef Average Salary in Hong Kong 2024

How much money does a person working as Chef make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
21,100 HKD
( 254,000 HKD yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Chef in Hong Kong typically earns around 21,100 HKD. Salaries range from 11,000 HKD (lowest) to 32,400 HKD (highest).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chef salaries in Hong Kong vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Chef Pay Scale and Salaries in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution Hong Kong Chef monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
19,200 HKD or more
10% of people earn
17,100 to 19,200 HKD
20% of people earn
12,500 HKD or less
65% of people earn
12,500 to 17,100 HKD
Minimum Salary
11,000 HKD
19,200 HKD
32,400 HKD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Chef in Hong Kong range from 11,000 HKD (starting salary) to 32,400 HKD (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 19,200 HKD, half of the professionals who work as Chef in Hong Kong earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Chef in Hong Kong earn less than 16,000 HKD, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 21,800 HKD while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Chef in Hong Kong compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 12,500 HKD to 17,100 HKD. About 20% of salaries are below the 12,500 HKD mark, while 10% fall within the range of 17,100 HKD to 19,200 HKD. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 19,200 HKD.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Chef / Hong Kong

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
12,500 HKD
2 - 5 Years+34%
16,800 HKD
5 - 10 Years+30%
21,800 HKD
10 - 15 Years+21%
26,400 HKD
15 - 20 Years+9%
28,800 HKD
20+ Years+5%
30,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Chef
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Chef and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 12,500 HKD.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 16,800 HKD, 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 21,800 HKD, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 26,400 HKD, 21% 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 28,800 HKD, 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 30,300 HKD, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Chef / Hong Kong

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Chef.

High School
15,700 HKD
Certificate or Diploma+68%
26,400 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Chef
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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 salaries by education level for the position Chef in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: High School

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 15,700 HKD.

Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 26,400 HKD, 68% more than the previous level.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Chef / Hong Kong

Salary comparison by gender Hong Kong Chef monthly
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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? For the people who work as Chef in Hong Kong, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

22,100 HKD
20,500 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Chef / Hong Kong

How much are annual salary increments in Hong Kong for individuals working as Chef? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Chef in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong Chef
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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.

Hong Kong / 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 rare 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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Chef / Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Chef
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66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Chef / Hong Kong

120 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Chef in Hong Kong is 120 HKD.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Chef in Hong Kong is 63 HKD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering-100%
Airbnb Property Manager36,800 HKD+74%
All Rounder13,400 HKD-37%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper10,200 HKD-52%
Assistant Food and Beverage Controller19,600 HKD-7%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director44,100 HKD+110%
Assistant Hospitality Manager45,000 HKD+110%
Assistant Storekeeper9,390 HKD-56%
Assistant Tour Manager22,600 HKD+7%
Baker and Pastrycook12,100 HKD-43%
Bakery Manager27,300 HKD+29%
Bakery Superintendent17,300 HKD-18%
Banquet Captain13,300 HKD-37%
Banquet Manager18,300 HKD-13%
Banquet Server11,600 HKD-45%
Bar Attendant11,500 HKD-46%
Bar Manager24,200 HKD+14%
Bar Supervisor16,600 HKD-22%
Barista14,200 HKD-33%
Bartender13,500 HKD-36%
Bellman11,200 HKD-47%
Beverage Manager27,500 HKD+30%
Bistro Attendant12,000 HKD-43%
Buffet Chef20,300 HKD-4%
Buffet Host11,100 HKD-48%
Buffet Manager24,800 HKD+17%
Butcher and Slaughterer9,260 HKD-56%
Cafeteria Assistant11,600 HKD-45%
Cafeteria Manager21,000 HKD-1%
Cafeteria Supervisor15,600 HKD-26%
Cake Decorator13,200 HKD-38%
Casino Shift Manager38,300 HKD+81%
Chain Store Customer Support18,100 HKD-14%
Chef21,100 HKD-0%
Chef De Cuisine29,400 HKD+39%
Club Manager39,800 HKD+88%
Cluster Director51,100 HKD+140%
Cluster Revenue Manager39,900 HKD+89%
Cocktail Server11,100 HKD-48%
Coffee Shop Manager38,100 HKD+80%
Concierge10,600 HKD-50%
Confectionery Baker12,400 HKD-41%
Conference and Sales Coordinator19,900 HKD-6%
Conference Services Manager25,000 HKD+18%
Cook18,100 HKD-14%
Corporate Sous Chef32,000 HKD+51%
Corporate Travel Consultant31,100 HKD+47%
Croupier15,800 HKD-25%
Culinary Assistant9,640 HKD-54%
Culinary Associate9,610 HKD-55%
Culinary Tour Guide27,600 HKD+31%
Demi Chef22,000 HKD+4%
Dietary Aide21,900 HKD+4%
Dining Room Supervisor18,900 HKD-11%
Dishwasher8,430 HKD-60%
Duty Manager26,300 HKD+24%
Events Coordinator16,500 HKD-22%
Executive Chef24,300 HKD+15%
Executive Pastry Chef19,800 HKD-6%
Fast Food Cook17,000 HKD-20%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor18,800 HKD-11%
Fine Dining Cook29,900 HKD+41%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef30,300 HKD+43%
Fleet Manager55,500 HKD+160%
Food and Beverage Manager41,900 HKD+98%
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst29,500 HKD+39%
Food Consultant34,300 HKD+62%
Food Photographer23,400 HKD+11%
Food Policy Analyst31,400 HKD+48%
Food Safety Auditor29,100 HKD+38%
Food Safety Compliance Manager33,600 HKD+59%
Food Safety Coordinator25,300 HKD+20%
Food Server11,400 HKD-46%
Food Service Director42,900 HKD+100%
Food Service Manager42,600 HKD+100%
Food Service Sales27,600 HKD+31%
Food Service Worker11,500 HKD-46%
Food Stylist18,800 HKD-11%
Food Sustainability Consultant33,000 HKD+56%
Front Desk Agent13,300 HKD-37%
Front Desk Clerk12,600 HKD-40%
Front Office Manager23,100 HKD+9%
Gastronomy Consultant24,400 HKD+15%
Guest Service Executive37,200 HKD+76%
Guest Service Representative15,100 HKD-29%
Head Chef 26,300 HKD+24%
Head Concierge17,000 HKD-20%
Hospitality Director62,500 HKD+200%
Hospitality Technology Specialist27,700 HKD+31%
Hostess / Host13,200 HKD-38%
Hotel Desk Clerk12,600 HKD-40%
Hotel Maid9,590 HKD-55%
Hotel Manager64,600 HKD+210%
Hotel Revenue Manager39,000 HKD+84%
Hotel Sales Manager48,400 HKD+130%
Hotel Service Supervisor36,200 HKD+71%
Hotel Staff11,900 HKD-44%
Inventory Coordinator14,300 HKD-32%
Kitchen Manager21,900 HKD+4%
Kitchen Staff12,000 HKD-43%
Kitchen Supervisor19,100 HKD-10%
Line Cook19,600 HKD-7%
Luggage Porter9,460 HKD-55%
Molecular Gastronomist32,300 HKD+53%
Motel Manager35,900 HKD+70%
Pastry Chef18,800 HKD-11%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant12,200 HKD-42%
Personal Chef26,900 HKD+27%
Production Operator18,400 HKD-13%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator19,100 HKD-10%
Receptionist13,400 HKD-37%
Regional Restaurant Manager50,200 HKD+140%
Restaurant Manager42,700 HKD+100%
Restaurant Server10,800 HKD-49%
Room Reservations Manager42,100 HKD+99%
Room Service Manager39,800 HKD+88%
Sous Chef23,200 HKD+10%
Special Events Coordinator26,200 HKD+24%
Supervisor of Food Services29,300 HKD+39%
Sustainable Catering Coordinator25,600 HKD+21%
Sustainable Tourism Consultant27,900 HKD+32%
Tour Consultant31,400 HKD+48%
Tour Guide21,600 HKD+2%
Tour Manager28,400 HKD+34%
Travel Agent21,900 HKD+4%
Travel Consultant29,700 HKD+40%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist26,500 HKD+25%
Waiter / Waitress10,900 HKD-48%
Wedding Planner32,100 HKD+52%

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Hong Kong is 10% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
35,600 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Chef in Hong Kong?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 19,200 HKD and 21,800 HKD. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Chef in Hong Kong ranges from 11,000 HKD to 16,000 HKD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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