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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Canada 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
79,700 CAD
( 6,640 CAD monthly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Canada typically earns around 79,700 CAD per year. Salaries range from 30,200 CAD (lowest average) to 222,000 CAD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 Rounder47,300 CAD
Assistant Executive Housekeeper35,500 CAD
Assistant Food and Beverage Director162,000 CAD
Assistant Hospitality Manager164,000 CAD
Assistant Storekeeper32,800 CAD
Assistant Tour Manager80,200 CAD
Baker and Pastrycook39,400 CAD
Bakery Manager89,600 CAD
Bakery Superintendent58,800 CAD
Banquet Manager64,800 CAD
Banquet Server37,300 CAD
Bar Attendant38,300 CAD
Bar Manager79,900 CAD
Bar Supervisor57,100 CAD
Barista45,900 CAD
Bartender47,000 CAD
Bellman37,800 CAD
Beverage Manager99,400 CAD
Bistro Attendant42,400 CAD
Buffet Chef72,600 CAD
Buffet Host37,900 CAD
Buffet Manager88,000 CAD
Butcher and Slaughterer31,000 CAD
Cafeteria Manager73,400 CAD
Cake Decorator42,800 CAD
Casino Shift Manager139,000 CAD
Chain Store Customer Support64,600 CAD
Chef72,500 CAD
Club Manager145,000 CAD
Cluster Director186,000 CAD
Cluster Revenue Manager137,000 CAD
Cocktail Server40,200 CAD
Coffee Shop Manager136,000 CAD
Concierge38,200 CAD
Confectionery Baker45,500 CAD
Conference Services Manager82,800 CAD
Cook62,200 CAD
Corporate Sous Chef108,000 CAD
Corporate Travel Consultant107,000 CAD
Croupier52,000 CAD
Culinary Assistant32,600 CAD
Culinary Associate33,900 CAD
Dietary Aide76,500 CAD
Dining Room Supervisor66,600 CAD
Dishwasher31,000 CAD
Duty Manager85,700 CAD
Events Coordinator56,000 CAD
Executive Chef90,400 CAD
Executive Pastry Chef68,400 CAD
Fast Food Cook61,100 CAD
Fast Food Shift Supervisor63,100 CAD
Fine Dining Cook112,000 CAD
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef106,000 CAD
Fleet Manager194,000 CAD
Food and Beverage Manager139,000 CAD
Food Consultant119,000 CAD
Food Safety Coordinator82,300 CAD
Food Server37,300 CAD
Food Service Director146,000 CAD
Food Service Manager148,000 CAD
Food Service Sales88,500 CAD
Food Service Worker37,600 CAD
Front Desk Agent47,100 CAD
Front Office Manager81,200 CAD
Guest Service Executive124,000 CAD
Guest Service Representative50,500 CAD
Head Concierge56,500 CAD
Hospitality Director235,000 CAD
Hostess / Host44,200 CAD
Hotel Desk Clerk46,200 CAD
Hotel Maid32,400 CAD
Hotel Manager225,000 CAD
Hotel Sales Manager160,000 CAD
Hotel Service Supervisor119,000 CAD
Hotel Staff39,900 CAD
Inventory Coordinator46,700 CAD
Kitchen Manager75,000 CAD
Kitchen Staff38,600 CAD
Kitchen Supervisor63,200 CAD
Line Cook69,100 CAD
Luggage Porter30,100 CAD
Motel Manager121,000 CAD
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant42,600 CAD
Production Operator62,400 CAD
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator66,800 CAD
Receptionist46,100 CAD
Regional Restaurant Manager166,000 CAD
Restaurant Manager147,000 CAD
Room Reservations Manager150,000 CAD
Room Service Manager134,000 CAD
Sous Chef81,500 CAD
Supervisor of Food Services103,000 CAD
Tour Consultant111,000 CAD
Travel Agent72,400 CAD
Travel Consultant109,000 CAD
Waiter / Waitress37,600 CAD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada 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 Canada range from 30,200 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 222,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 74,900 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 74,900 CAD while the other half are earning more than 74,900 CAD. 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 47,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 47,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 140,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 140,000 CAD.

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?

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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 Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 Canadian Dollar(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

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 Canada who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

81,500 CAD
77,700 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada 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.

Canada / 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 Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

73% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% 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 Canada

38 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 38 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 38 CAD 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 yearly Canada
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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
Brampton81,600 CAD
Calgary84,100 CAD
Edmonton83,400 CAD
Gatineau76,700 CAD
Halifax77,900 CAD
Hamilton82,400 CAD
Kitchener80,400 CAD
Markham79,300 CAD
Mississauga84,700 CAD
Montreal89,700 CAD
Ottawa85,500 CAD
Quebec84,000 CAD
Regina75,700 CAD
Richmond71,700 CAD
Saskatoon76,400 CAD
Surrey78,700 CAD
Toronto89,400 CAD
Vancouver85,700 CAD
Vaughan77,800 CAD
Windsor77,000 CAD
Winnipeg82,900 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta85,700 CAD
British Columbia87,200 CAD
Manitoba82,400 CAD
New Brunswick73,400 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador71,900 CAD
Northwest Territories79,800 CAD
Nova Scotia75,200 CAD
Nunavut83,100 CAD
Ontario89,500 CAD
Prince Edward Island69,100 CAD
Quebec88,100 CAD
Saskatchewan77,200 CAD
Yukon70,900 CAD

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 Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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