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Chef Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
72,500 CAD
( 6,040 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Chef in Canada typically earns around 72,500 CAD per year. Salaries range from 35,500 CAD (lowest) to 113,000 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Chef
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Chef salaries in Canada range from 35,500 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 113,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 73,900 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 73,900 CAD while the other half are earning more than 73,900 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 Chef(s) are earning less than 49,200 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 49,200 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 95,300 CAD while 25% are earning more than 95,300 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

Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada 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 42,100 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 54,100 CAD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 74,700 CAD per year, 38% 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 92,500 CAD per year, 24% 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 99,100 CAD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 106,000 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chef average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
42,100 CAD
2 - 5 Years+29%
54,100 CAD
5 - 10 Years+38%
74,700 CAD
10 - 15 Years+24%
92,500 CAD
15 - 20 Years+7%
99,100 CAD
20+ Years+7%
106,000 CAD
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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Chef
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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 59,500 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 98,300 CAD per year, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
59,500 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+65%
98,300 CAD
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

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Chef
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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 Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

74,100 CAD
70,700 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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


Chef(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Chef
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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

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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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Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Canada

35 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 35 CAD. This means that the average Chef in Canada earns approximately 35 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.

Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly Canada
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The average salary for Chef is 9% 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 Rounder47,300 CAD-35%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper35,500 CAD-51%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director162,000 CAD+120%
Assistant Hospitality Manager164,000 CAD+130%
Assistant Storekeeper32,800 CAD-55%
Assistant Tour Manager80,200 CAD+11%
Baker and Pastrycook39,400 CAD-46%
Bakery Manager89,600 CAD+24%
Bakery Superintendent58,800 CAD-19%
Banquet Manager64,800 CAD-11%
Banquet Server37,300 CAD-49%
Bar Attendant38,300 CAD-47%
Bar Manager79,900 CAD+10%
Bar Supervisor57,100 CAD-21%
Barista45,900 CAD-37%
Bartender47,000 CAD-35%
Bellman37,800 CAD-48%
Beverage Manager99,400 CAD+37%
Bistro Attendant42,400 CAD-41%
Buffet Chef72,600 CAD+0%
Buffet Host37,900 CAD-48%
Buffet Manager88,000 CAD+21%
Butcher and Slaughterer31,000 CAD-57%
Cafeteria Manager73,400 CAD+1%
Cake Decorator42,800 CAD-41%
Casino Shift Manager139,000 CAD+92%
Chain Store Customer Support64,600 CAD-11%
Chef72,500 CAD+0%
Club Manager145,000 CAD+100%
Cluster Director186,000 CAD+160%
Cluster Revenue Manager137,000 CAD+89%
Cocktail Server40,200 CAD-45%
Coffee Shop Manager136,000 CAD+88%
Concierge38,200 CAD-47%
Confectionery Baker45,500 CAD-37%
Conference Services Manager82,800 CAD+14%
Cook62,200 CAD-14%
Corporate Sous Chef108,000 CAD+49%
Corporate Travel Consultant107,000 CAD+48%
Croupier52,000 CAD-28%
Culinary Assistant32,600 CAD-55%
Culinary Associate33,900 CAD-53%
Dietary Aide76,500 CAD+6%
Dining Room Supervisor66,600 CAD-8%
Dishwasher31,000 CAD-57%
Duty Manager85,700 CAD+18%
Events Coordinator56,000 CAD-23%
Executive Chef90,400 CAD+25%
Executive Pastry Chef68,400 CAD-6%
Fast Food Cook61,100 CAD-16%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor63,100 CAD-13%
Fine Dining Cook112,000 CAD+55%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef106,000 CAD+46%
Fleet Manager194,000 CAD+170%
Food and Beverage Manager139,000 CAD+92%
Food Consultant119,000 CAD+64%
Food Safety Coordinator82,300 CAD+14%
Food Server37,300 CAD-49%
Food Service Director146,000 CAD+100%
Food Service Manager148,000 CAD+100%
Food Service Sales88,500 CAD+22%
Food Service Worker37,600 CAD-48%
Front Desk Agent47,100 CAD-35%
Front Office Manager81,200 CAD+12%
Guest Service Executive124,000 CAD+71%
Guest Service Representative50,500 CAD-30%
Head Concierge56,500 CAD-22%
Hospitality Director235,000 CAD+220%
Hostess / Host44,200 CAD-39%
Hotel Desk Clerk46,200 CAD-36%
Hotel Maid32,400 CAD-55%
Hotel Manager225,000 CAD+210%
Hotel Sales Manager160,000 CAD+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor119,000 CAD+64%
Hotel Staff39,900 CAD-45%
Inventory Coordinator46,700 CAD-36%
Kitchen Manager75,000 CAD+4%
Kitchen Staff38,600 CAD-47%
Kitchen Supervisor63,200 CAD-13%
Line Cook69,100 CAD-5%
Luggage Porter30,100 CAD-58%
Motel Manager121,000 CAD+67%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant42,600 CAD-41%
Production Operator62,400 CAD-14%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator66,800 CAD-8%
Receptionist46,100 CAD-36%
Regional Restaurant Manager166,000 CAD+130%
Restaurant Manager147,000 CAD+100%
Room Reservations Manager150,000 CAD+110%
Room Service Manager134,000 CAD+85%
Sous Chef81,500 CAD+12%
Supervisor of Food Services103,000 CAD+42%
Tour Consultant111,000 CAD+53%
Travel Agent72,400 CAD-0%
Travel Consultant109,000 CAD+50%
Waiter / Waitress37,600 CAD-48%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton76,900 CAD
Calgary80,700 CAD
Edmonton79,200 CAD
Gatineau70,900 CAD
Halifax71,000 CAD
Hamilton78,500 CAD
Kitchener71,700 CAD
Markham73,200 CAD
Mississauga73,800 CAD
Montreal77,400 CAD
Ottawa75,300 CAD
Quebec79,200 CAD
Regina70,700 CAD
Richmond65,900 CAD
Saskatoon65,300 CAD
Surrey74,000 CAD
Toronto79,700 CAD
Vancouver81,500 CAD
Vaughan71,000 CAD
Windsor69,500 CAD
Winnipeg74,600 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta81,500 CAD
British Columbia83,800 CAD
Manitoba80,000 CAD
New Brunswick68,100 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador66,000 CAD
Northwest Territories72,400 CAD
Nova Scotia74,600 CAD
Nunavut81,600 CAD
Ontario86,900 CAD
Prince Edward Island66,400 CAD
Quebec83,700 CAD
Saskatchewan72,500 CAD
Yukon65,900 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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