Chef Salary Canada

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Average Chef’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Chefs.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 6321.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: chef, chef de partie, head chef, sous-chef, assistant chef and pastry chef.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $17.25 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages earned are in Winnipeg, Manitoba at $13.27 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $30,000 – $40,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future, after a recent surplus of workers. This occupation will benefit from the success of domestic tourism, which is expected to stay strong. However, turnover for chefs is high because of poor employment conditions and relatively low wages.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Chefs in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta 11.2017.0030.002014
Edmonton – Alberta 11.2016.7031.252014
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 10.5015.58 24.622014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.00 13.27 24.08 2014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 11.0015.4025.002013
Halifax – Nova Scotia 11.6714.0020.832014
Toronto – Ontario 11.25 15.75 24.502014
Ottawa – Ontario 11.2517.00 23.082014
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 11.2515.00 25.392014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.2515.38 23.082014
Prince Edward Island 11.3514.00 20.002014
Montreal – Quebec 12.0016.0021.602014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan11.0017.2526.44 2014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Preparing and cooking food
›› Designing and planning menus
›› Training and supervising cooks and other kitchen staff
›› Buying ingredients and kitchen supplies
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialized service occupations, which includes chefs, is $15.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $579, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $30,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 50,000 chefs working in Canada.

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