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Chef Average Salary in Mexico 2021

How much money does a Chef make in Mexico?

Average Monthly Salary
19,900 MXN
( 239,000 MXN yearly)


A person working as a Chef in Mexico typically earns around 19,900 MXN per month. Salaries range from 10,400 MXN (lowest) to 30,500 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 10,400 MXN per month (minimum salary) to 30,500 MXN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 19,100 MXN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 19,100 MXN while the other half are earning more than 19,100 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 13,300 MXN while 75% of them are earning more than 13,300 MXN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 23,800 MXN while 25% are earning more than 23,800 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?

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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 11,800 MXN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 15,800 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 20,500 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 24,800 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 27,200 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 28,600 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
11,800 MXN
2 - 5 Years+34%
15,800 MXN
5 - 10 Years+30%
20,500 MXN
10 - 15 Years+21%
24,800 MXN
15 - 20 Years+9%
27,200 MXN
20+ Years+5%
28,600 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 14,800 MXN per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 24,800 MXN per month, 68% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Mexico

High School
14,800 MXN
Certificate or Diploma+68%
24,800 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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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 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

21,100 MXN
19,200 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 9% every 18 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

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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Mexico 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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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.

49% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Mexico

110 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mexico is 110 MXN. This means that the average Chef in Mexico earns approximately 110 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 10% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder13,100 MXN-34%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper10,100 MXN-49%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director41,700 MXN+110%
Assistant Hospitality Manager47,200 MXN+140%
Assistant Storekeeper8,650 MXN-57%
Assistant Tour Manager21,100 MXN+6%
Baker and Pastrycook11,900 MXN-40%
Bakery Manager24,100 MXN+21%
Bakery Superintendent16,000 MXN-20%
Banquet Manager17,700 MXN-11%
Banquet Server10,400 MXN-48%
Bar Attendant11,500 MXN-42%
Bar Manager21,600 MXN+8%
Bar Supervisor15,500 MXN-22%
Barista13,700 MXN-31%
Bartender12,800 MXN-36%
Bellman10,200 MXN-49%
Beverage Manager27,200 MXN+37%
Bistro Attendant11,100 MXN-44%
Buffet Chef20,000 MXN+0%
Buffet Host10,400 MXN-48%
Buffet Manager24,100 MXN+21%
Butcher and Slaughterer9,390 MXN-53%
Cafeteria Manager20,100 MXN+1%
Cake Decorator12,900 MXN-35%
Casino Shift Manager38,300 MXN+92%
Chain Store Customer Support17,100 MXN-14%
Chef19,900 MXN-0%
Club Manager40,100 MXN+100%
Cluster Director51,100 MXN+160%
Cluster Revenue Manager37,600 MXN+89%
Cocktail Server11,500 MXN-42%
Coffee Shop Manager37,500 MXN+88%
Concierge9,760 MXN-51%
Confectionery Baker12,600 MXN-37%
Conference Services Manager23,400 MXN+17%
Cook17,200 MXN-14%
Corporate Sous Chef29,300 MXN+47%
Corporate Travel Consultant31,200 MXN+57%
Croupier14,000 MXN-30%
Culinary Assistant9,610 MXN-52%
Culinary Associate9,030 MXN-55%
Dietary Aide20,200 MXN+1%
Dining Room Supervisor18,500 MXN-7%
Dishwasher8,590 MXN-57%
Duty Manager25,800 MXN+30%
Events Coordinator15,900 MXN-20%
Executive Chef24,900 MXN+25%
Executive Pastry Chef19,000 MXN-5%
Fast Food Cook16,900 MXN-15%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor18,400 MXN-8%
Fine Dining Cook31,000 MXN+56%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef29,300 MXN+47%
Fleet Manager52,500 MXN+160%
Food and Beverage Manager37,600 MXN+89%
Food Consultant32,200 MXN+62%
Food Safety Coordinator24,700 MXN+24%
Food Server10,400 MXN-48%
Food Service Director40,600 MXN+100%
Food Service Manager44,000 MXN+120%
Food Service Sales24,700 MXN+24%
Food Service Worker10,100 MXN-49%
Front Desk Agent12,400 MXN-38%
Front Office Manager21,500 MXN+8%
Guest Service Executive35,900 MXN+80%
Guest Service Representative14,100 MXN-29%
Head Concierge17,000 MXN-15%
Hospitality Director62,900 MXN+220%
Hostess / Host12,300 MXN-38%
Hotel Desk Clerk11,900 MXN-40%
Hotel Maid8,780 MXN-56%
Hotel Manager62,700 MXN+210%
Hotel Sales Manager43,100 MXN+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor33,200 MXN+67%
Hotel Staff11,600 MXN-42%
Inventory Coordinator13,600 MXN-32%
Kitchen Manager21,000 MXN+5%
Kitchen Staff10,800 MXN-46%
Kitchen Supervisor17,200 MXN-14%
Line Cook19,600 MXN-2%
Luggage Porter8,690 MXN-56%
Motel Manager33,800 MXN+70%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant12,000 MXN-40%
Production Operator17,000 MXN-15%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator19,100 MXN-4%
Receptionist12,500 MXN-37%
Regional Restaurant Manager46,500 MXN+130%
Restaurant Manager41,200 MXN+110%
Room Reservations Manager38,300 MXN+92%
Room Service Manager37,800 MXN+90%
Sous Chef22,500 MXN+13%
Supervisor of Food Services29,000 MXN+46%
Tour Consultant30,300 MXN+52%
Travel Agent20,500 MXN+3%
Travel Consultant30,300 MXN+52%
Waiter / Waitress10,600 MXN-47%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco24,400 MXN
Acuna18,900 MXN
Aguascalientes26,000 MXN
Boca del Rio17,100 MXN
Buenavista19,500 MXN
Campeche20,300 MXN
Cancun25,100 MXN
Celaya22,600 MXN
Chalco19,200 MXN
Chetumal17,900 MXN
Chicoloapan19,000 MXN
Chihuahua25,100 MXN
Chilpancingo19,500 MXN
Chimalhuacan24,700 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia18,700 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca23,700 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen18,300 MXN
Ciudad Juarez18,400 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos22,700 MXN
Ciudad Obregon22,900 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina21,600 MXN
Ciudad Valles16,800 MXN
Ciudad Victoria20,700 MXN
Coacalco20,700 MXN
Coatzacoalcos19,300 MXN
Colima18,100 MXN
Cordoba17,100 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli23,100 MXN
Cuautla17,000 MXN
Cuernavaca22,900 MXN
Culiacan24,600 MXN
Delicias17,500 MXN
Durango24,800 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos25,900 MXN
Ensenada22,000 MXN
Fresnillo16,300 MXN
General Escobedo22,200 MXN
Gomez Palacio20,700 MXN
Guadalajara25,400 MXN
Guadalupe26,100 MXN
Guaymas16,500 MXN
Hermosillo25,300 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral16,100 MXN
Iguala15,900 MXN
Irapuato21,900 MXN
Ixtapaluca21,300 MXN
Jiutepec17,700 MXN
La Paz19,100 MXN
Leon26,600 MXN
Los Mochis21,800 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz21,800 MXN
Manzanillo16,500 MXN
Matamoros23,700 MXN
Mazatlan22,100 MXN
Merida24,400 MXN
Metepec19,700 MXN
Mexicali25,300 MXN
Mexico City26,200 MXN
Minatitlan15,400 MXN
Monclova19,900 MXN
Monterrey26,600 MXN
Morelia23,500 MXN
Naucalpan25,200 MXN
Navojoa16,500 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl25,900 MXN
Nogales18,700 MXN
Nuevo Laredo21,900 MXN
Oaxaca20,800 MXN
Ojo de Agua20,100 MXN
Orizaba16,400 MXN
Pachuca21,400 MXN
Piedras Negras18,000 MXN
Playa del Carmen17,600 MXN
Poza Rica19,400 MXN
Puebla27,800 MXN
Puerto Vallarta20,300 MXN
Queretaro25,700 MXN
Reynosa24,000 MXN
Salamanca18,800 MXN
Saltillo25,000 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas19,300 MXN
San Juan del Rio17,400 MXN
San Luis Potosi26,100 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado18,300 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza22,500 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas18,500 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia16,700 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez21,000 MXN
Tampico21,800 MXN
Tapachula18,700 MXN
Tehuacan19,700 MXN
Tepic22,000 MXN
Tijuana27,400 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz25,400 MXN
Tlaquepaque24,800 MXN
Toluca24,600 MXN
Tonala22,600 MXN
Torreon25,200 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez23,600 MXN
Uruapan20,300 MXN
Veracruz23,700 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero21,200 MXN
Villahermosa23,500 MXN
Xalapa23,000 MXN
Xico22,900 MXN
Zacatecas17,300 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo16,500 MXN
Zapopan25,800 MXN

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 Mexico earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,900 MXN
Public Sector+9%
34,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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