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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Hong Kong 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
25,200 HKD
( 302,000 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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong typically earns around 25,200 HKD. Salaries range from 9,260 HKD (lowest average) to 68,100 HKD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering domain in Hong Kong exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Airbnb Property Manager36,800 HKD
All Rounder13,400 HKD
Assistant Executive Housekeeper10,200 HKD
Assistant Food and Beverage Controller19,600 HKD
Assistant Food and Beverage Director44,100 HKD
Assistant Hospitality Manager45,000 HKD
Assistant Storekeeper9,390 HKD
Assistant Tour Manager22,600 HKD
Baker and Pastrycook12,100 HKD
Bakery Manager27,300 HKD
Bakery Superintendent17,300 HKD
Banquet Captain13,300 HKD
Banquet Manager18,300 HKD
Banquet Server11,600 HKD
Bar Attendant11,500 HKD
Bar Manager24,200 HKD
Bar Supervisor16,600 HKD
Barista14,200 HKD
Bartender13,500 HKD
Bellman11,200 HKD
Beverage Manager27,500 HKD
Bistro Attendant12,000 HKD
Buffet Chef20,300 HKD
Buffet Host11,100 HKD
Buffet Manager24,800 HKD
Butcher and Slaughterer9,260 HKD
Cafeteria Assistant11,600 HKD
Cafeteria Manager21,000 HKD
Cafeteria Supervisor15,600 HKD
Cake Decorator13,200 HKD
Casino Shift Manager38,300 HKD
Chain Store Customer Support18,100 HKD
Chef21,100 HKD
Chef De Cuisine29,400 HKD
Club Manager39,800 HKD
Cluster Director51,100 HKD
Cluster Revenue Manager39,900 HKD
Cocktail Server11,100 HKD
Coffee Shop Manager38,100 HKD
Concierge10,600 HKD
Confectionery Baker12,400 HKD
Conference and Sales Coordinator19,900 HKD
Conference Services Manager25,000 HKD
Cook18,100 HKD
Corporate Sous Chef32,000 HKD
Corporate Travel Consultant31,100 HKD
Croupier15,800 HKD
Culinary Assistant9,640 HKD
Culinary Associate9,610 HKD
Culinary Tour Guide27,600 HKD
Demi Chef22,000 HKD
Dietary Aide21,900 HKD
Dining Room Supervisor18,900 HKD
Dishwasher8,430 HKD
Duty Manager26,300 HKD
Events Coordinator16,500 HKD
Executive Chef24,300 HKD
Executive Pastry Chef19,800 HKD
Fast Food Cook17,000 HKD
Fast Food Shift Supervisor18,800 HKD
Fine Dining Cook29,900 HKD
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef30,300 HKD
Fleet Manager55,500 HKD
Food and Beverage Manager41,900 HKD
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst29,500 HKD
Food Consultant34,300 HKD
Food Photographer23,400 HKD
Food Policy Analyst31,400 HKD
Food Safety Auditor29,100 HKD
Food Safety Compliance Manager33,600 HKD
Food Safety Coordinator25,300 HKD
Food Server11,400 HKD
Food Service Director42,900 HKD
Food Service Manager42,600 HKD
Food Service Sales27,600 HKD
Food Service Worker11,500 HKD
Food Stylist18,800 HKD
Food Sustainability Consultant33,000 HKD
Front Desk Agent13,300 HKD
Front Desk Clerk12,600 HKD
Front Office Manager23,100 HKD
Gastronomy Consultant24,400 HKD
Guest Service Executive37,200 HKD
Guest Service Representative15,100 HKD
Head Chef 26,300 HKD
Head Concierge17,000 HKD
Hospitality Director62,500 HKD
Hospitality Technology Specialist27,700 HKD
Hostess / Host13,200 HKD
Hotel Desk Clerk12,600 HKD
Hotel Maid9,590 HKD
Hotel Manager64,600 HKD
Hotel Revenue Manager39,000 HKD
Hotel Sales Manager48,400 HKD
Hotel Service Supervisor36,200 HKD
Hotel Staff11,900 HKD
Inventory Coordinator14,300 HKD
Kitchen Manager21,900 HKD
Kitchen Staff12,000 HKD
Kitchen Supervisor19,100 HKD
Line Cook19,600 HKD
Luggage Porter9,460 HKD
Molecular Gastronomist32,300 HKD
Motel Manager35,900 HKD
Pastry Chef18,800 HKD
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant12,200 HKD
Personal Chef26,900 HKD
Production Operator18,400 HKD
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator19,100 HKD
Receptionist13,400 HKD
Regional Restaurant Manager50,200 HKD
Restaurant Manager42,700 HKD
Restaurant Server10,800 HKD
Room Reservations Manager42,100 HKD
Room Service Manager39,800 HKD
Sous Chef23,200 HKD
Special Events Coordinator26,200 HKD
Supervisor of Food Services29,300 HKD
Sustainable Catering Coordinator25,600 HKD
Sustainable Tourism Consultant27,900 HKD
Tour Consultant31,400 HKD
Tour Guide21,600 HKD
Tour Manager28,400 HKD
Travel Agent21,900 HKD
Travel Consultant29,700 HKD
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist26,500 HKD
Waiter / Waitress10,900 HKD
Wedding Planner32,100 HKD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution Hong Kong Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
33,400 HKD or more
10% of people earn
27,400 to 33,400 HKD
20% of people earn
14,200 HKD or less
65% of people earn
14,200 to 27,400 HKD
Minimum Salary
9,260 HKD
23,300 HKD
68,100 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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong range from 9,260 HKD (starting average salary) to 68,100 HKD (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 23,300 HKD, implying that half of the workforce in Hong Kong earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong earn less than 17,900 HKD, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 30,100 HKD, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 14,200 HKD to 27,400 HKD. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 14,200 HKD mark, while 10% ranged from 27,400 HKD to 33,400 HKD. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 33,400 HKD or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 184,000 HKD to 551,000 HKD and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering / Hong Kong

Salary comparison by gender Hong Kong Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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? In the field of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 7%.

26,200 HKD
24,600 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 / Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering / Hong Kong

How much are annual salary increments in Hong Kong for individuals working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong 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.

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 / Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering / Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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88% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 12% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering / Hong Kong

150 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong is 150 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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong is 53 HKD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 23,300 HKD and 30,100 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 jobs in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Hong Kong ranges from 9,260 HKD to 17,900 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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