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 Calgary – Alberta at $21.15 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages earned are in New Brunswick at $13.80 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $28,000 – $42,000.

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* 15.00 21.15 37.02 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 12.82 20.30 31.25 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 11.50 17.00 24.04 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.50 15.38 28.16 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 11.00 13.80 20.00 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.85 15.38 17.56 2016
Toronto – Ontario 11.60 16.03 28.85 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 11.60 16.00 27.16 2016
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 11.60 16.00 27.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.60 15.00 22.50 2016
Prince Edward Island 11.25 14.75 20.00 2016
Montreal – Quebec 11.88 18.49 25.00 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 10.96 16.83 32.00 2016

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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialized service occupations, which includes chefs, 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 65,000 chefs working in Canada.

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Bakers
Cooks
Food Service Supervisors

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