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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Kuwait 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
870 KWD
( 10,500 KWD 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 Kuwait typically earns around 870 KWD. Salaries range from 320 KWD (lowest average) to 2,350 KWD (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 Kuwait 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 Manager1,380 KWD
All Rounder540 KWD
Assistant Executive Housekeeper380 KWD
Assistant Food and Beverage Controller760 KWD
Assistant Food and Beverage Director1,620 KWD
Assistant Hospitality Manager1,850 KWD
Assistant Storekeeper350 KWD
Assistant Tour Manager800 KWD
Baker and Pastrycook460 KWD
Bakery Manager930 KWD
Bakery Superintendent610 KWD
Banquet Captain500 KWD
Banquet Manager660 KWD
Banquet Server420 KWD
Bar Attendant420 KWD
Bar Manager900 KWD
Bar Supervisor630 KWD
Barista500 KWD
Bartender500 KWD
Bellman400 KWD
Beverage Manager1,040 KWD
Bistro Attendant430 KWD
Buffet Chef790 KWD
Buffet Host430 KWD
Buffet Manager970 KWD
Butcher and Slaughterer340 KWD
Cafeteria Assistant460 KWD
Cafeteria Manager780 KWD
Cafeteria Supervisor580 KWD
Cake Decorator500 KWD
Casino Shift Manager1,440 KWD
Chain Store Customer Support700 KWD
Chef810 KWD
Chef De Cuisine1,150 KWD
Club Manager1,480 KWD
Cluster Director1,920 KWD
Cluster Revenue Manager1,530 KWD
Cocktail Server420 KWD
Coffee Shop Manager1,480 KWD
Concierge410 KWD
Confectionery Baker500 KWD
Conference and Sales Coordinator780 KWD
Conference Services Manager930 KWD
Cook680 KWD
Corporate Sous Chef1,140 KWD
Corporate Travel Consultant1,190 KWD
Croupier540 KWD
Culinary Assistant380 KWD
Culinary Associate380 KWD
Culinary Tour Guide1,000 KWD
Demi Chef790 KWD
Dietary Aide810 KWD
Dining Room Supervisor760 KWD
Dishwasher340 KWD
Duty Manager1,010 KWD
Events Coordinator650 KWD
Executive Chef960 KWD
Executive Pastry Chef740 KWD
Fast Food Cook660 KWD
Fast Food Shift Supervisor680 KWD
Fine Dining Cook1,180 KWD
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef1,220 KWD
Fleet Manager2,040 KWD
Food and Beverage Manager1,550 KWD
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst1,010 KWD
Food Consultant1,290 KWD
Food Photographer830 KWD
Food Policy Analyst1,130 KWD
Food Safety Auditor1,070 KWD
Food Safety Compliance Manager1,260 KWD
Food Safety Coordinator970 KWD
Food Server400 KWD
Food Service Director1,510 KWD
Food Service Manager1,740 KWD
Food Service Sales990 KWD
Food Service Worker390 KWD
Food Stylist710 KWD
Food Sustainability Consultant1,150 KWD
Front Desk Agent480 KWD
Front Desk Clerk460 KWD
Front Office Manager840 KWD
Gastronomy Consultant950 KWD
Guest Service Executive1,360 KWD
Guest Service Representative550 KWD
Head Chef 1,010 KWD
Head Concierge620 KWD
Hospitality Director2,420 KWD
Hospitality Technology Specialist980 KWD
Hostess / Host480 KWD
Hotel Desk Clerk460 KWD
Hotel Maid340 KWD
Hotel Manager2,400 KWD
Hotel Revenue Manager1,400 KWD
Hotel Sales Manager1,810 KWD
Hotel Service Supervisor1,370 KWD
Hotel Staff440 KWD
Inventory Coordinator540 KWD
Kitchen Manager760 KWD
Kitchen Staff430 KWD
Kitchen Supervisor710 KWD
Line Cook700 KWD
Luggage Porter340 KWD
Molecular Gastronomist1,130 KWD
Motel Manager1,300 KWD
Pastry Chef710 KWD
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant450 KWD
Personal Chef990 KWD
Production Operator650 KWD
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator710 KWD
Receptionist510 KWD
Regional Restaurant Manager1,880 KWD
Restaurant Manager1,630 KWD
Restaurant Server400 KWD
Room Reservations Manager1,630 KWD
Room Service Manager1,420 KWD
Sous Chef940 KWD
Special Events Coordinator910 KWD
Supervisor of Food Services1,060 KWD
Sustainable Catering Coordinator990 KWD
Sustainable Tourism Consultant1,020 KWD
Tour Consultant1,130 KWD
Tour Guide790 KWD
Tour Manager1,000 KWD
Travel Agent810 KWD
Travel Consultant1,210 KWD
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist980 KWD
Waiter / Waitress410 KWD
Wedding Planner1,320 KWD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuwait

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

5% of people earn
1,160 KWD or more
10% of people earn
950 to 1,160 KWD
20% of people earn
490 KWD or less
65% of people earn
490 to 950 KWD
Minimum Salary
320 KWD
800 KWD
2,350 KWD

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 Kuwait range from 320 KWD (starting average salary) to 2,350 KWD (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 800 KWD, implying that half of the workforce in Kuwait 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 Kuwait earn less than 620 KWD, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 1,040 KWD, 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 Kuwait. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 490 KWD to 950 KWD. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 490 KWD mark, while 10% ranged from 950 KWD to 1,160 KWD. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 1,160 KWD or higher.

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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Kuwait 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 Kuwait, 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 Kuwait costs anywhere from 6,350 KWD to 19,000 KWD 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 / Kuwait

Salary comparison by gender Kuwait 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 Kuwait, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

910 KWD
850 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering / Kuwait

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

Professionals working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Kuwait 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 Kuwait 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.

Kuwait / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kuwait
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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 Kuwait is 2%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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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 / Kuwait

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

5 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Kuwait is 5 KWD.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 Kuwait is 2 KWD. 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 Kuwait is 10% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
1,230 KWD
Public Sector+10%
1,360 KWD
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 Kuwait?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 800 KWD and 1,040 KWD. 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 Kuwait ranges from 320 KWD to 620 KWD. 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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