Journalist Salary Canada

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Average Journalist’s Salary Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Journalists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5123.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: journalist, reporter, correspondent, columnist and newspaper critic.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $31.25 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton, New Brunswick at $20.45 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $45,000 – $65,000.

Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future. Media mergers and new technologies have reduced the growth of journalists’ jobs.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Journalists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1)16.3431.2552.942015
Edmonton – Alberta*(1)16.3431.2552.942015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(1) 11.8128.5751.752011
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.0025.4638.242011
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 11.3220.4534.992011
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 12.2522.3335.562011
Toronto – Ontario(1) 16.0031.2545.052014
Ottawa – Ontario 16.0031.2545.052014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 16.0031.2545.052014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 16.0031.2545.052014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 15.0030.2945.692014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*13.2424.0348.452013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Researching factual news events, local or overseas, and writing reports for publication
›› Writing critical reviews about films, books and theatre plays
›› Interviewing people and taking notes or using a recording device
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes journalists, is $26.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $948, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $49,000.

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