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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 $33.27 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan at $23.73 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 balance of workers in this profession for the near future. However, 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
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|Calgary – Alberta*(1)||15.00||30.22||41.97||2019|
|Edmonton – Alberta*(1)||15.00||30.22||41.97||2019|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia(3)||16.50||30.00||45.00||2018|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||11.65||24.52||37.50||2018|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick(3)||16.50||30.00||45.00||2018|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia(3)||16.50||30.00||45.00||2018|
|Toronto – Ontario||16.88||33.27||52.20||2018|
|Ottawa – Ontario||16.88||32.78||50.26||2018|
|Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1)||16.88||32.78||50.26||2018|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario||16.88||32.78||50.26||2018|
|Prince Edward Island(1)||16.50||30.00||45.00||2018|
|Montreal – Quebec||18.00||36.25||45.00||2018|
|Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*||–||23.73||39.96||2016|
The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes journalists, is $32.29. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,211, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $63,000.