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What salary should I pay a domestic helper?

Domestic Helper Salary and Food Allowance

For contracts signed on or after 28 September 2018, the minimum domestic helper salary is HK$4,520 per month. On top of this, domestic helpers are entitled to a food allowance of HK$1,075 per month or the employer must provide food.

Contracts signed 28 September 2018 or earlier at the previous Minimum Allowable Wage of $4,410 per month and with food allowance of not less than $1,053 per month will still be processed by the Immigration Department (ImmD) provided that the applications reach ImmD on or before 26 October 2018 (Friday).

This is the minimum domestic helper salary, employers must pay at least this amount. You might find that you need to pay a higher salary to hire and retain a more experienced domestic helper.

When should the domestic helper salary and food allowance be paid?

Domestic helpers should be paid monthly, within 7 days of the end of the wage period. If you are paying a food allowance, we recommend this be paid at the start of the month.


Paying by bank transfer is strongly encouraged as you will both have a record of payments if you need it. However, many domestic helpers do not have a bank account and/or may prefer being paid in cash. If this is the case, you should both sign a salary receipt every month and both keep a copy of this.

A sample salary receipt can be found in the Hong Kong Labour Department’s Practical Guide for Employment of Foreign Domestic Helpers.

See also: What’s the best bank account for domestic helpers?

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Last updated on September 29th, 2018