Authors and Writers

(NOC 5121)


Self-employed writers work on a freelance basis.

People in this group work in advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, multimedia/new media companies, publishing firms, and other organizations.


Here are the average annual salaries.
2010: $57,533
2005: $52,874
2000: $38,887
1995: $34,521

Earnings Notes

These earnings are from the 1995 to 2010 Canadian Censuses and are adapted from Statistics Canada and Labour Force Survey respectively.

Adapted from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population, Statistics Canada catalogue no. 97-563-XCB2006069.

Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, custom tabulation.

Please note that the income for 1995 and 2000 includes self-employed professionals. In cases where no earnings information is indicated, information from Statistics Canada was unavailable due to insufficient information to suppress the data.

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Modified on July 16, 2012