The average pay for a Journalist is C$41,074 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. A skill in Editing is associated with high pay for this job.

C$27,380 - C$73,243
C$27K
C$41K
C$73K
MEDIAN: C$41,270
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50%
90%
C$10.39 - C$28.15
C$10
C$20
C$28
MEDIAN: C$19.52
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50%
90%
C$0C$73K
Salary C$27,380 - C$73,243
Bonus C$0.00 - C$5,093
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$25,767 - C$72,470
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 130
Hourly Data C$0C$45
Hourly Rate C$10.39 - C$28.15
Overtime C$45.00
Annual Data C$0C$72K
Bonus C$0.00 - C$5,093
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$25,767 - C$72,470
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

Job Description for Journalist

A journalist carries out research to create news articles. These news articles may be published online or in a newspaper or a magazine. In other cases, the journalist’s stories will be broadcast on television or radio. The journalist will be responsible for looking for articles that are relevant and will grip the audience’s attention.

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Journalist Tasks

  • Collect and interpret facts about news events through interviews, investigations, and observation.
  • Work with news editor and reporters to generate new content.
  • Review and edit copy.
  • Report and write stories for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, or the internet.

Journalist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

Pay by Experience for a Journalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Journalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$39,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Journalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$55,000 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Journalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$65,000 based on 12 salaries. A Journalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$57,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: C$41,325

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Journalist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Journalist?

Journalist in Calgary:
"Perks and connection."
Pros: Networking: you interact with many high level people.
Cons: Salary: it is by no means a good paid job.

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Key Stats for Journalist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

Experienced
▲57%

Late-Career
▲39%

Mid-Career
▲32%

National Average
C$41,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

▲11%

National Average
C$41,000

Technical Writing
▼6%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 28%