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Chef Average Salary in Mexico 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Mexico?

Average Monthly Salary
20,800 MXN
( 250,000 MXN yearly)


A person working as a Chef in Mexico typically earns around 20,800 MXN per month. Salaries range from 10,800 MXN (lowest) to 31,800 MXN (highest).

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

Chef Salary Distribution in Mexico

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Chef salaries in Mexico range from 10,800 MXN per month (minimum salary) to 31,800 MXN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,000 MXN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 20,000 MXN while the other half are earning more than 20,000 MXN. 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 Chef(s) are earning less than 13,900 MXN while 75% of them are earning more than 13,900 MXN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 24,900 MXN while 25% are earning more than 24,900 MXN.

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

Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Mexico 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 your wage. We broke down Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 12,300 MXN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 16,500 MXN per month, 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 21,400 MXN per month, 30% more than someone with two to five 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.

Additionally, Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 25,900 MXN per month, 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 28,400 MXN per month, 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 29,800 MXN per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chef average salary change by experience in Mexico

0 - 2 Years
12,300 MXN
2 - 5 Years+34%
16,500 MXN
5 - 10 Years+30%
21,400 MXN
10 - 15 Years+21%
25,900 MXN
15 - 20 Years+9%
28,400 MXN
20+ Years+5%
29,800 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Chef(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Chef is 15,400 MXN per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 25,900 MXN per month, 68% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Mexico

High School
15,400 MXN
Certificate or Diploma+68%
25,900 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Chef 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 Chef employees in Mexico earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

19,700 MXN
22,500 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Mexico for all Careers

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Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mexico

How much are annual salary increments in Mexico for Chef(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Chef(s) in Mexico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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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.

Mexico / 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 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 Mexico is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Mexico for the year 2019. 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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Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Mexico

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Mexico Chef
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A Chef is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

48% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Chef employees in Mexico earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
25,700 MXN
Public Sector+9%
27,900 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Mexico

How are Chef salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
18,500 MXN
Average Salary 2017+4%
19,100 MXN
Average Salary 2018+2%
19,500 MXN
Average Salary 2019+3%
20,100 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef salaries in Mexico are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Mexico

120 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mexico is 120 MXN. This means that the average Chef in Mexico earns approximately 120 MXN 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.

Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Mexico
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The average salary for Chef is 6% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder19,400 MXN-7%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper16,800 MXN-19%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director30,700 MXN+48%
Assistant Hospitality Manager33,900 MXN+63%
Assistant Storekeeper13,100 MXN-37%
Assistant Tour Manager23,300 MXN+12%
Baker and Pastrycook17,500 MXN-16%
Bakery Manager24,100 MXN+16%
Bakery Superintendent20,000 MXN-4%
Banquet Manager21,200 MXN+2%
Banquet Server16,100 MXN-23%
Bar Attendant18,200 MXN-13%
Bar Manager25,200 MXN+21%
Bar Supervisor20,300 MXN-2%
Barista18,300 MXN-12%
Bartender17,400 MXN-16%
Bellman13,700 MXN-34%
Beverage Manager26,000 MXN+25%
Bistro Attendant16,100 MXN-23%
Buffet Chef23,000 MXN+11%
Buffet Host14,500 MXN-30%
Buffet Manager24,800 MXN+19%
Butcher and Slaughterer16,000 MXN-23%
Cafeteria Manager22,900 MXN+10%
Cake Decorator17,900 MXN-14%
Casino Shift Manager30,300 MXN+46%
Chain Store Customer Support20,500 MXN-1%
Chef20,800 MXN-0%
Club Manager29,100 MXN+40%
Cluster Director33,700 MXN+62%
Cluster Revenue Manager30,100 MXN+45%
Cocktail Server16,300 MXN-22%
Coffee Shop Manager28,600 MXN+37%
Concierge15,200 MXN-27%
Confectionery Baker17,900 MXN-14%
Conference Services Manager22,400 MXN+8%
Cook19,400 MXN-7%
Corporate Sous Chef25,700 MXN+24%
Corporate Travel Consultant24,200 MXN+16%
Croupier19,300 MXN-7%
Culinary Assistant17,200 MXN-17%
Culinary Associate17,400 MXN-16%
Dietary Aide19,500 MXN-6%
Dining Room Supervisor22,700 MXN+9%
Dishwasher10,800 MXN-48%
Duty Manager25,800 MXN+24%
Events Coordinator21,100 MXN+1%
Executive Chef24,200 MXN+16%
Executive Pastry Chef20,000 MXN-4%
Fast Food Cook20,200 MXN-3%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor23,200 MXN+12%
Fine Dining Cook25,100 MXN+21%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef24,400 MXN+17%
Fleet Manager27,900 MXN+34%
Food and Beverage Manager27,000 MXN+30%
Food Consultant29,400 MXN+41%
Food Safety Coordinator25,100 MXN+21%
Food Server15,200 MXN-27%
Food Service Director28,400 MXN+37%
Food Service Manager29,400 MXN+41%
Food Service Sales23,500 MXN+13%
Food Service Worker15,700 MXN-25%
Front Desk Agent19,100 MXN-8%
Front Office Manager24,200 MXN+16%
Guest Service Executive30,100 MXN+45%
Guest Service Representative20,800 MXN-0%
Head Concierge21,300 MXN+2%
Hospitality Director40,300 MXN+94%
Hostess / Host20,800 MXN-0%
Hotel Desk Clerk15,800 MXN-24%
Hotel Maid11,000 MXN-47%
Hotel Manager41,100 MXN+98%
Hotel Sales Manager31,000 MXN+49%
Hotel Service Supervisor26,900 MXN+29%
Hotel Staff20,200 MXN-3%
Inventory Coordinator18,100 MXN-13%
Kitchen Manager23,900 MXN+15%
Kitchen Staff17,300 MXN-17%
Kitchen Supervisor20,300 MXN-2%
Line Cook23,000 MXN+11%
Luggage Porter10,600 MXN-49%
Motel Manager27,000 MXN+30%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant14,600 MXN-30%
Production Operator13,900 MXN-33%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator18,700 MXN-10%
Receptionist19,300 MXN-7%
Regional Restaurant Manager33,600 MXN+62%
Restaurant Manager32,200 MXN+55%
Room Reservations Manager27,400 MXN+32%
Room Service Manager28,600 MXN+37%
Sous Chef19,900 MXN-4%
Supervisor of Food Services26,200 MXN+26%
Tour Consultant23,900 MXN+15%
Travel Agent21,100 MXN+1%
Travel Consultant23,900 MXN+15%
Waiter / Waitress16,200 MXN-22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco25,400 MXN
Acuna19,800 MXN
Aguascalientes27,100 MXN
Boca del Rio17,900 MXN
Buenavista20,400 MXN
Campeche21,200 MXN
Cancun26,300 MXN
Celaya23,600 MXN
Chalco20,100 MXN
Chetumal18,700 MXN
Chicoloapan19,900 MXN
Chihuahua26,200 MXN
Chilpancingo20,400 MXN
Chimalhuacan25,800 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia19,500 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca24,700 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen19,100 MXN
Ciudad Juarez19,200 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos23,700 MXN
Ciudad Obregon23,900 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina22,500 MXN
Ciudad Valles17,600 MXN
Ciudad Victoria21,600 MXN
Coacalco21,600 MXN
Coatzacoalcos20,200 MXN
Colima18,900 MXN
Cordoba17,800 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli24,200 MXN
Cuautla17,700 MXN
Cuernavaca23,900 MXN
Culiacan25,700 MXN
Delicias18,300 MXN
Durango25,900 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos27,000 MXN
Ensenada23,000 MXN
Fresnillo17,000 MXN
General Escobedo23,100 MXN
Gomez Palacio21,700 MXN
Guadalajara26,600 MXN
Guadalupe27,300 MXN
Guaymas17,200 MXN
Hermosillo26,400 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral16,900 MXN
Iguala16,600 MXN
Irapuato22,800 MXN
Ixtapaluca22,300 MXN
Jiutepec18,500 MXN
La Paz20,000 MXN
Leon27,700 MXN
Los Mochis22,800 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz22,800 MXN
Manzanillo17,200 MXN
Matamoros24,700 MXN
Mazatlan23,100 MXN
Merida25,500 MXN
Metepec20,600 MXN
Mexicali26,400 MXN
Mexico City27,300 MXN
Minatitlan16,100 MXN
Monclova20,800 MXN
Monterrey27,800 MXN
Morelia24,500 MXN
Naucalpan26,300 MXN
Navojoa17,200 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl27,000 MXN
Nogales19,600 MXN
Nuevo Laredo22,900 MXN
Oaxaca21,700 MXN
Ojo de Agua21,000 MXN
Orizaba17,100 MXN
Pachuca22,300 MXN
Piedras Negras18,800 MXN
Playa del Carmen18,400 MXN
Poza Rica20,300 MXN
Puebla29,100 MXN
Puerto Vallarta21,200 MXN
Queretaro26,800 MXN
Reynosa25,100 MXN
Salamanca19,600 MXN
Saltillo26,100 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas20,100 MXN
San Juan del Rio18,200 MXN
San Luis Potosi27,200 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado19,100 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza23,500 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas19,300 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia17,500 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez21,900 MXN
Tampico22,800 MXN
Tapachula19,500 MXN
Tehuacan20,600 MXN
Tepic23,000 MXN
Tijuana28,600 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz26,500 MXN
Tlaquepaque25,900 MXN
Toluca25,700 MXN
Tonala23,600 MXN
Torreon26,300 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez24,600 MXN
Uruapan21,200 MXN
Veracruz24,800 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero22,100 MXN
Villahermosa24,600 MXN
Xalapa24,000 MXN
Xico23,900 MXN
Zacatecas18,100 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo17,300 MXN
Zapopan27,000 MXN
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