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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
11,100 SAR
( 134,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 11,100 SAR per month. Salaries range from 4,230 SAR (lowest average) to 31,100 SAR (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 Rounder6,240 SAR
Assistant Executive Housekeeper4,550 SAR
Assistant Food and Beverage Director19,700 SAR
Assistant Hospitality Manager20,700 SAR
Assistant Storekeeper4,340 SAR
Assistant Tour Manager10,500 SAR
Baker and Pastrycook5,710 SAR
Bakery Manager12,500 SAR
Bakery Superintendent8,120 SAR
Banquet Manager8,530 SAR
Banquet Server5,250 SAR
Bar Attendant5,320 SAR
Bar Manager10,800 SAR
Bar Supervisor7,350 SAR
Barista6,230 SAR
Bartender6,230 SAR
Bellman4,890 SAR
Beverage Manager12,600 SAR
Bistro Attendant5,220 SAR
Buffet Chef9,850 SAR
Buffet Host5,060 SAR
Buffet Manager11,200 SAR
Butcher and Slaughterer4,160 SAR
Cafeteria Manager9,380 SAR
Cake Decorator6,200 SAR
Casino Shift Manager18,800 SAR
Chain Store Customer Support8,210 SAR
Chef10,300 SAR
Club Manager18,900 SAR
Cluster Director25,000 SAR
Cluster Revenue Manager19,400 SAR
Cocktail Server5,240 SAR
Coffee Shop Manager18,500 SAR
Concierge4,840 SAR
Confectionery Baker5,720 SAR
Conference Services Manager11,500 SAR
Cook8,550 SAR
Corporate Sous Chef14,000 SAR
Corporate Travel Consultant14,200 SAR
Croupier7,250 SAR
Culinary Assistant4,660 SAR
Culinary Associate4,620 SAR
Dietary Aide10,100 SAR
Dining Room Supervisor8,780 SAR
Dishwasher3,890 SAR
Duty Manager12,400 SAR
Events Coordinator7,480 SAR
Executive Chef11,700 SAR
Executive Pastry Chef9,070 SAR
Fast Food Cook8,000 SAR
Fast Food Shift Supervisor8,750 SAR
Fine Dining Cook14,000 SAR
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef14,500 SAR
Fleet Manager24,900 SAR
Food and Beverage Manager18,100 SAR
Food Consultant16,300 SAR
Food Safety Coordinator11,900 SAR
Food Server5,220 SAR
Food Service Director19,500 SAR
Food Service Manager19,600 SAR
Food Service Sales12,500 SAR
Food Service Worker5,250 SAR
Front Desk Agent5,800 SAR
Front Office Manager10,400 SAR
Guest Service Executive16,100 SAR
Guest Service Representative6,780 SAR
Head Concierge7,850 SAR
Hospitality Director29,300 SAR
Hostess / Host5,930 SAR
Hotel Desk Clerk5,620 SAR
Hotel Maid4,190 SAR
Hotel Manager28,800 SAR
Hotel Sales Manager21,500 SAR
Hotel Service Supervisor16,100 SAR
Hotel Staff5,170 SAR
Inventory Coordinator6,740 SAR
Kitchen Manager9,660 SAR
Kitchen Staff5,250 SAR
Kitchen Supervisor8,230 SAR
Line Cook8,800 SAR
Luggage Porter4,250 SAR
Motel Manager15,600 SAR
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant5,270 SAR
Production Operator8,610 SAR
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator9,140 SAR
Receptionist5,930 SAR
Regional Restaurant Manager21,600 SAR
Restaurant Manager20,200 SAR
Room Reservations Manager19,700 SAR
Room Service Manager18,600 SAR
Sous Chef11,100 SAR
Supervisor of Food Services13,600 SAR
Tour Consultant14,600 SAR
Travel Agent10,100 SAR
Travel Consultant13,700 SAR
Waiter / Waitress5,000 SAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia range from 4,230 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 31,100 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,500 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 10,500 SAR while the other half are earning more than 10,500 SAR. 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 6,610 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,610 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 19,500 SAR while 25% are earning more than 19,500 SAR.

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?

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 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Saudi Arabia costs anywhere from 83,500 Saudi Riyal(s) to 251,000 Saudi Riyal(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

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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 Saudi Arabia who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

11,700 SAR
10,300 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia 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.

Saudi Arabia / 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 Saudi Arabia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2020. 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 Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia 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.

76% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 24% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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 Saudi Arabia

64 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 64 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 64 SAR 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 Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha10,600 SAR
Dammam11,000 SAR
Jeddah11,600 SAR
Khubar10,800 SAR
Mecca11,400 SAR
Medina11,200 SAR
Riyadh11,800 SAR
Tabuk10,100 SAR
Taif10,300 SAR

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 Saudi Arabia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
16,000 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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