$ 13.50/hr for an Au Pied de Cochon cook position: here's how much restaurant employees earn

$ 13.50/h for a position of Au Pied de Cochon cook: here's how many earn employees in catering

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The salary of $ 13.50 for a cook position offered this week by the restaurant Au Pied de Cochon aroused indignation. It is above all a reminder that the salaries offered in Quebec kitchens are not very attractive. But what about other posts? Here is an overview of the compensation * for some key restaurant jobs.

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  • Average salary: $ 12.87/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • Tip Average: $ 23/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • p> Occupying a front-line position, the waiters are among the best paid in restaurants, since the relatively low base salary is added to an average tip of $ 23/h. & nbsp;

    If the average base salary seems low, you should know that it has increased in recent years, to come off somewhat from the minimum wage for tip employees, which is a meager $ 10.80/hr.

    By combining salary and tips, a waiter earns more than $ 35 per hour on average. & nbsp;

    Clerk (Bussboy, Bussgirl) & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    • Average salary: $ 13.51/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
    • Average tip: $ 7.80/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    The clerk, more commonly known as bussboy, he is the right hand of waiters and bartenders. He's a bit of a handyman: he helps clear tables, cleans them after the customer has left, and makes sure the waiters and bartenders have everything in the room. He also represents the link between the kitchen team and the service team. & Nbsp;

    While the base salary is slightly higher than that of the waiters, the hourly tip is not not comparable. & nbsp;

    Diver & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    • Average salary: $ 15.07/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; ; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    Being a diver is more than being a “dishwasher”. It takes hours of scrubbing, scrubbing and rinsing as the sweat trickles down your forehead. Divers also often have to carry mountains of heavy instruments, such as cast iron pans – all in an often hot, humid and hostile environment. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

    This position is an essential cog in the success of an evening in catering, since it is thanks to the diver that the rest of the team does not miss anything. But with the lowest hourly wage among non-tip workers, it's also probably the most thankless job.

    Cook & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    • Average salary: $ 19.40/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

    The cook is the chef's right hand. He is responsible for preparing the dishes as imagined by the chef. He is also the one who makes sure that everything is ready and that nothing is missing before the service, in addition to communicating the needs of the kitchen to the chef and the rest of the team. & Nbsp;

    During the service, he juggles the many orders and the demands of the customers, like “Lasagna without sauce and without cheese, please!”

    It is therefore a key role … and the needs are glaring: many positions of cooks are to be filled in Quebec, affirms Martin Vézina, director of communications of the Association Restauration Quebec. & Nbsp;

    To level the gap between their salary and that of employees entitled to tips, more and more voices are being heard so that tips are better distributed between the kitchen and the service team.

    Chef (fe) & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • Average salary: $ 23.14/h & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

The chef is in a way the conductor of the kitchen. In addition to developing the menu, it is he who coordinates, directs and supervises all kitchen activities. In the era of cooking shows and competitions, like Les Chefs! or Top Chef , some are elevated to the rank of stars.

Chef Martin Picard

Obviously, the average salary does not correspond to those of recognized chef owners, such as Antonin Mousseau-Rivard (Mousso), Charles Antoine Crête (Montreal Plaza) or Martin Picard (Au Pied de Cochon). & Nbsp;

“The Age of All Challenges” & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; Well, Martin Vézina reminds that restaurateurs do what they can in a difficult context. & Nbsp;

“We are in the era of all challenges. Food and raw material prices are rising, restaurant owners' profit margins are slim. We are talking about around 4% and less now, it is very little, “he maintains. & Nbsp;

In this context, it is difficult to increase wages, he said. While he is confident that service workers will return when sanitation measures are relaxed even further, he believes the industry will have to think about ways to reduce the pay gap between kitchen and service workers. & nbsp;

The pay gap, “a real joke” & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Moreover, in a testimony published in the magazine L'Actualité at the beginning of the month of November, chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard recalled that chefs and kitchen employees often worked a number of hours clearly greater than that of their colleagues in the classroom for a fraction of the salary. & nbsp;

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“The average salary paid to cooks is $ 19,000 a year, and that of chefs is barely $ 33,000, according to the Quebec Tourism Human Resources Council – with no benefits or pension fund. In return for this, they are often asked to work more than 80 hours a week – my own record is 140 hours in seven days. While fine dining servers can earn up to $ 150,000 per year from tips, for a 22- or 11-hour work week. She's a real joke, “wrote the famous chef. & Nbsp;

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard

One of the solutions considered by restaurateurs is to abolish tips in order to increase the base salary in the teams. However, this model has significant limitations, according to Martin Vézina. & Nbsp;

“To do that, you also have to increase the price of the plates. But customers are not ready to see their bills go up. They feel like they are paying more because for them the tip is a separate amount, “he says. & Nbsp;

In addition to helping to reduce the tax burden on restaurateurs, he said the government should legislate to help them with regard to wages.

“One possible solution would be that the law allows restaurateurs to implement a tip sharing policy. Currently, managers can propose it, but if the service team opposes it, it's over, ”he concludes. & Nbsp;

* Average salaries are taken from the Survey on the 2020-2021 salaries of the Association Restauration Québec.

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