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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Average Salaries in Canada 2020

How much money does a person working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
110,000 CAD
( 9,160 CAD monthly)


A person working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment in Canada typically earns around 110,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 55,100 CAD (lowest average) to 213,000 CAD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist107,000 CAD
3D Designer101,000 CAD
3D Generalist93,100 CAD
3D Visualization Specialist109,000 CAD
Acrobatic Rigger74,200 CAD
Actor142,000 CAD
Associate Media Director126,000 CAD
Associate Producer149,000 CAD
Broadcast Associate75,200 CAD
Broadcast News Analyst110,000 CAD
Broadcast Technician63,900 CAD
Broadcasting Journalist139,000 CAD
Broadcasting Presenter137,000 CAD
Camera Equipment Repairer72,600 CAD
Cartoonist / Animator103,000 CAD
CAS Engineer111,000 CAD
Censorship Executive124,000 CAD
Choreographer96,400 CAD
Colorist56,400 CAD
Communications Manager160,000 CAD
Correspondent125,000 CAD
Dance Director113,000 CAD
Dancer94,600 CAD
Director of Photography113,000 CAD
Disc Jockey74,600 CAD
Editorial Assistant61,400 CAD
Events Manager108,000 CAD
Graphic Designer72,000 CAD
Illustrator83,500 CAD
Instructional Designer73,000 CAD
Journalist137,000 CAD
Makeup Artist74,800 CAD
Media Design Manager195,000 CAD
Media Equipment Operator59,900 CAD
Media Operations Manager148,000 CAD
Media Producer134,000 CAD
Media Product Development Manager189,000 CAD
Media Program Director202,000 CAD
Media Relations Manager198,000 CAD
Media Sales Manager212,000 CAD
Movement and Dance Coordinator117,000 CAD
Multimedia Coordinator72,100 CAD
Multimedia Designer75,000 CAD
Music Consultant102,000 CAD
Musician78,800 CAD
News Associate105,000 CAD
News Reporter131,000 CAD
Producer182,000 CAD
Product Designer72,800 CAD
Production Artist101,000 CAD
Production Assistant70,500 CAD
Production Director152,000 CAD
Production Technician65,200 CAD
Program Researcher123,000 CAD
Promotion Coordinator95,800 CAD
Sound Engineer93,300 CAD
Stage Technician55,200 CAD
Sub Editor65,400 CAD
Television Executive Producer215,000 CAD
Transmission Engineer104,000 CAD
Video Editor87,500 CAD
Video Producer107,000 CAD
Videographer97,200 CAD
Visual Designer105,000 CAD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries in Canada range from 55,100 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 213,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 108,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment are earning less than 108,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 108,000 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment are earning less than 73,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 73,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment are earning less than 157,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 157,000 CAD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 Canadian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Canada who work in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

113,000 CAD
107,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment professionals in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 13 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Hourly Average Wage in Canada

53 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 53 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 53 CAD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment yearly Canada
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The average salary for Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment is 8% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton113,000 CAD
Calgary116,000 CAD
Edmonton115,000 CAD
Gatineau106,000 CAD
Halifax107,000 CAD
Hamilton114,000 CAD
Kitchener111,000 CAD
Markham109,000 CAD
Mississauga117,000 CAD
Montreal124,000 CAD
Ottawa118,000 CAD
Quebec116,000 CAD
Regina104,000 CAD
Richmond98,900 CAD
Saskatoon105,000 CAD
Surrey109,000 CAD
Toronto123,000 CAD
Vancouver118,000 CAD
Vaughan107,000 CAD
Windsor106,000 CAD
Winnipeg114,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta118,000 CAD
British Columbia120,000 CAD
Manitoba114,000 CAD
New Brunswick101,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador99,200 CAD
Northwest Territories110,000 CAD
Nova Scotia104,000 CAD
Nunavut115,000 CAD
Ontario123,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island95,400 CAD
Quebec122,000 CAD
Saskatchewan106,000 CAD
Yukon97,900 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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