Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers Salary Canada

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Average Butchers’, Meat Cutters’ and Fishmongers’ Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 6331.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: butcher, head butcher, apprentice butcher, fishmonger and meat cutter.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $20.75 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula, Ontario at $11.60 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $25,000 – $40,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job vacancies in this occupation for the near future. Jobs in this occupation may pay at the minimum wage rates.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 18.0020.7520.752017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 16.0020.7524.622017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 11.3514.2325.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.00 14.50 21.002014
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 11.0013.2518.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.8513.0017.152016
Toronto – Ontario 11.60 12.00 23.752016
Ottawa – Ontario 11.60 12.00 19.852016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 11.6011.60 18.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.6012.00 19.852015
Prince Edward Island 10.7512.00 16.852014
Montreal – Quebec 11.2512.25 14.682016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan10.5012.5020.00 2013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Cutting, trimming, and otherwise preparing standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish
›› Making mince, sausages and other smallgoods
›› Slicing cooked meats using slicing machines
›› Keeping the workplace clean and hygienic
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialized service occupations, which includes butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, is $17.54. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $640, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $33,000.

Number in employment

There are over 40,000 butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, retail and wholesale, working in Canada.

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