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Journalist Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Journalist make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
137,000 CAD
( 11,400 CAD monthly)

LOW
65,600
CAD
AVERAGE
137,000
CAD
HIGH
214,000
CAD

A person working as a Journalist in Canada typically earns around 137,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 65,600 CAD (lowest) to 214,000 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Journalist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Journalist Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Journalist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Journalist salaries in Canada range from 65,600 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 214,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 142,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist(s) are earning less than 142,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 142,000 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 Journalist(s) are earning less than 93,400 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 93,400 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 185,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 185,000 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

Journalist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Journalist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Journalist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Journalist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 76,700 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 109,000 CAD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 143,000 CAD per year, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Journalist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 176,000 CAD per year, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 187,000 CAD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 205,000 CAD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Journalist average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
76,700 CAD
2 - 5 Years+42%
109,000 CAD
5 - 10 Years+31%
143,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+23%
176,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+6%
187,000 CAD
20+ Years+10%
205,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Journalist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Journalist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Journalist
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Journalist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Journalist is 95,400 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 110,000 CAD per year, 16% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 161,000 CAD per year, 46% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 198,000 CAD per year, 23% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Journalist average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
95,400 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+16%
110,000 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+46%
161,000 CAD
Master's Degree+23%
198,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Journalist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Journalist
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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 Journalist employees in Canada earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
140,000 CAD
Female-4%
134,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Journalist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Journalist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Journalist

Journalist(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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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

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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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Journalist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Journalist
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A Journalist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% 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
60%
No Bonus
40%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in Canada


66 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 66 CAD. This means that the average Journalist in Canada earns approximately 66 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.

Journalist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Journalist and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment yearly Canada
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The average salary for Journalist is 24% more than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist107,000 CAD-22%
3D Designer101,000 CAD-26%
3D Generalist93,100 CAD-32%
3D Visualization Specialist109,000 CAD-20%
Acrobatic Rigger74,200 CAD-46%
Actor142,000 CAD+4%
Associate Media Director126,000 CAD-8%
Associate Producer149,000 CAD+9%
Broadcast Associate75,200 CAD-45%
Broadcast News Analyst110,000 CAD-19%
Broadcast Technician63,900 CAD-53%
Broadcasting Journalist139,000 CAD+2%
Broadcasting Presenter137,000 CAD+0%
Camera Equipment Repairer72,600 CAD-47%
Cartoonist / Animator103,000 CAD-25%
CAS Engineer111,000 CAD-19%
Censorship Executive124,000 CAD-9%
Choreographer96,400 CAD-29%
Colorist56,400 CAD-59%
Communications Manager160,000 CAD+17%
Correspondent125,000 CAD-9%
Dance Director113,000 CAD-17%
Dancer94,600 CAD-31%
Director of Photography113,000 CAD-17%
Disc Jockey74,600 CAD-45%
Editorial Assistant61,400 CAD-55%
Events Manager108,000 CAD-21%
Graphic Designer72,000 CAD-47%
Illustrator83,500 CAD-39%
Instructional Designer73,000 CAD-47%
Journalist137,000 CAD+0%
Makeup Artist74,800 CAD-45%
Media Design Manager195,000 CAD+43%
Media Equipment Operator59,900 CAD-56%
Media Operations Manager148,000 CAD+8%
Media Producer134,000 CAD-2%
Media Product Development Manager189,000 CAD+38%
Media Program Director202,000 CAD+48%
Media Relations Manager198,000 CAD+45%
Media Sales Manager212,000 CAD+55%
Movement and Dance Coordinator117,000 CAD-14%
Multimedia Coordinator72,100 CAD-47%
Multimedia Designer75,000 CAD-45%
Music Consultant102,000 CAD-25%
Musician78,800 CAD-42%
News Associate105,000 CAD-23%
News Reporter131,000 CAD-4%
Producer182,000 CAD+33%
Product Designer72,800 CAD-47%
Production Artist101,000 CAD-26%
Production Assistant70,500 CAD-48%
Production Director152,000 CAD+11%
Production Technician65,200 CAD-52%
Program Researcher123,000 CAD-10%
Promotion Coordinator95,800 CAD-30%
Sound Engineer93,300 CAD-32%
Stage Technician55,200 CAD-60%
Sub Editor65,400 CAD-52%
Television Executive Producer215,000 CAD+57%
Transmission Engineer104,000 CAD-24%
Video Editor87,500 CAD-36%
Video Producer107,000 CAD-22%
Videographer97,200 CAD-29%
Visual Designer105,000 CAD-23%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton133,000 CAD
Calgary148,000 CAD
Edmonton147,000 CAD
Gatineau123,000 CAD
Halifax129,000 CAD
Hamilton135,000 CAD
Kitchener130,000 CAD
Markham129,000 CAD
Mississauga139,000 CAD
Montreal144,000 CAD
Ottawa140,000 CAD
Quebec135,000 CAD
Regina119,000 CAD
Richmond123,000 CAD
Saskatoon120,000 CAD
Surrey136,000 CAD
Toronto147,000 CAD
Vancouver148,000 CAD
Vaughan126,000 CAD
Windsor125,000 CAD
Winnipeg139,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta148,000 CAD
British Columbia151,000 CAD
Manitoba143,000 CAD
New Brunswick131,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador128,000 CAD
Northwest Territories142,000 CAD
Nova Scotia133,000 CAD
Nunavut147,000 CAD
Ontario158,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island122,000 CAD
Quebec155,000 CAD
Saskatchewan135,000 CAD
Yukon124,000 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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