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 Toronto, Ontario at $32.69 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia at $19.71 per hour.

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

The government forecasts that there will be a surplus of workers in this profession for the near future. Media mergers and new technologies have reduced the growth of journalists’ jobs. Retirements will be the main source of job vacancies for this position.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Journalists in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 16.73 25.13 57.00 2017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 16.73 25.13 57.00 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia
Winnipeg – Manitoba
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 14.90 19.71 35.00 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 14.90 19.71 35.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario 20.43 32.69 46.70 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 16.00 29.97 46.70 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 16.00 29.97 46.70 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 16.00 29.97 46.70 2016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 15.00 30.29 45.69 2014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan* 13.24 24.03 48.45 2013


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes journalists, is $30.11. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,125, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $58,000.

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