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 Edmonton – Alberta at $24.81 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages earned are in Prince Edward Island and Winnipeg – Manitoba at $15.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $30,000 – $50,000.

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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 15.50 19.42 31.25 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 16.36 24.81 39.81 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 13.85 16.25 23.46 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.65 15.00 22.71 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 11.50 15.63 22.33 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.50 16.50 23.08 2018
Toronto – Ontario 14.00 17.00 28.85 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 14.00 17.00 25.00 2018
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 14.00 18.00 24.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 14.00 17.05 28.85 2018
Prince Edward Island 12.42 15.00 23.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 12.50 17.00 23.39 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 15.00 19.00 24.04 2018

Methodology*

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 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialized service occupations, which includes chefs, is $20.98. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $700, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $36,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 59,000 chefs working in Canada.

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Bakers
Cooks
Food Service Supervisors

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