A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in Canada typically earns around 37,600 CAD per year. Salaries range from 18,400 CAD (lowest) to 58,700 CAD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Waiter / Waitress salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Waiter / Waitress salaries in Canada range from 18,400 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 58,700 CAD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 38,400 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 38,400 CAD while the other half are earning more than 38,400 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 25,600 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 25,600 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 49,500 CAD while 25% are earning more than 49,500 CAD.
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
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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Waiter / Waitress with less than two years of experience makes approximately 21,900 CAD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 28,100 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 38,800 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 48,100 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 51,500 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 54,900 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Waiter / Waitress is 28,100 CAD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 40,200 CAD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 55,500 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Waiter / Waitress employees in Canada earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.
Waiter / Waitress(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.
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.
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
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.
A Waiter / Waitress is considered to be a low 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.
68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 53% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||47,300 CAD||+26%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||35,500 CAD||-6%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||162,000 CAD||+330%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||164,000 CAD||+340%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||32,800 CAD||-13%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||80,200 CAD||+110%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||39,400 CAD||+5%|
|Bakery Manager||89,600 CAD||+140%|
|Bakery Superintendent||58,800 CAD||+56%|
|Banquet Manager||64,800 CAD||+72%|
|Banquet Server||37,300 CAD||-1%|
|Bar Attendant||38,300 CAD||+2%|
|Bar Manager||79,900 CAD||+110%|
|Bar Supervisor||57,100 CAD||+52%|
|Beverage Manager||99,400 CAD||+160%|
|Bistro Attendant||42,400 CAD||+13%|
|Buffet Chef||72,600 CAD||+93%|
|Buffet Host||37,900 CAD||+1%|
|Buffet Manager||88,000 CAD||+130%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||31,000 CAD||-18%|
|Cafeteria Manager||73,400 CAD||+95%|
|Cake Decorator||42,800 CAD||+14%|
|Casino Shift Manager||139,000 CAD||+270%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||64,600 CAD||+72%|
|Club Manager||145,000 CAD||+290%|
|Cluster Director||186,000 CAD||+390%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||137,000 CAD||+260%|
|Cocktail Server||40,200 CAD||+7%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||136,000 CAD||+260%|
|Confectionery Baker||45,500 CAD||+21%|
|Conference Services Manager||82,800 CAD||+120%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||108,000 CAD||+190%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||107,000 CAD||+180%|
|Culinary Assistant||32,600 CAD||-13%|
|Culinary Associate||33,900 CAD||-10%|
|Dietary Aide||76,500 CAD||+100%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||66,600 CAD||+77%|
|Duty Manager||85,700 CAD||+130%|
|Events Coordinator||56,000 CAD||+49%|
|Executive Chef||90,400 CAD||+140%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||68,400 CAD||+82%|
|Fast Food Cook||61,100 CAD||+62%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||63,100 CAD||+68%|
|Fine Dining Cook||112,000 CAD||+200%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||106,000 CAD||+180%|
|Fleet Manager||194,000 CAD||+420%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||139,000 CAD||+270%|
|Food Consultant||119,000 CAD||+220%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||82,300 CAD||+120%|
|Food Server||37,300 CAD||-1%|
|Food Service Director||146,000 CAD||+290%|
|Food Service Manager||148,000 CAD||+290%|
|Food Service Sales||88,500 CAD||+140%|
|Food Service Worker||37,600 CAD||-0%|
|Front Desk Agent||47,100 CAD||+25%|
|Front Office Manager||81,200 CAD||+120%|
|Guest Service Executive||124,000 CAD||+230%|
|Guest Service Representative||50,500 CAD||+34%|
|Head Concierge||56,500 CAD||+50%|
|Hospitality Director||235,000 CAD||+520%|
|Hostess / Host||44,200 CAD||+17%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||46,200 CAD||+23%|
|Hotel Maid||32,400 CAD||-14%|
|Hotel Manager||225,000 CAD||+500%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||160,000 CAD||+320%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||119,000 CAD||+220%|
|Hotel Staff||39,900 CAD||+6%|
|Inventory Coordinator||46,700 CAD||+24%|
|Kitchen Manager||75,000 CAD||+99%|
|Kitchen Staff||38,600 CAD||+3%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||63,200 CAD||+68%|
|Line Cook||69,100 CAD||+84%|
|Luggage Porter||30,100 CAD||-20%|
|Motel Manager||121,000 CAD||+220%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||42,600 CAD||+13%|
|Production Operator||62,400 CAD||+66%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||66,800 CAD||+77%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||166,000 CAD||+340%|
|Restaurant Manager||147,000 CAD||+290%|
|Room Reservations Manager||150,000 CAD||+300%|
|Room Service Manager||134,000 CAD||+260%|
|Sous Chef||81,500 CAD||+120%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||103,000 CAD||+170%|
|Tour Consultant||111,000 CAD||+190%|
|Travel Agent||72,400 CAD||+92%|
|Travel Consultant||109,000 CAD||+190%|
|Waiter / Waitress||37,600 CAD||-0%|
|British Columbia||42,000 CAD|
|New Brunswick||34,000 CAD|
|Northwest Territories||38,200 CAD|
|Nova Scotia||36,500 CAD|
|Prince Edward Island||31,900 CAD|
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.