Authors and writers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5121  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation. They are employed by advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, multimedia/new-media companies and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Ad Writer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Advertising Writer
  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Copywriter
  • Crossword Puzzle Maker
  • Designer And Script Writer
  • Dialogue Writer
  • Dubbing Dialogue Writer
  • Essayist
  • Feature Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Game, CD-ROM Or Web Critic
  • Ghost Writer
  • Handbook Writer
  • Help File Developer
  • Humorist-author
  • Interactive Media Writer
  • Lexicographer
  • Literary Writer
  • Manual Writer
  • Medical Writer
  • Multimedia Author
  • Multimedia Script Writer
  • Multimedia Writer
  • New Media Writer
  • Novelist
  • On-line Reference Developer
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Programmed-instruction Writer
  • Publicity Writer
  • Radio Writer
  • Rewriter
  • Scientific Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Script And Dialogue Writer
  • Script Writer
  • Self-instruction Manual Writer
  • Serial Story Writer
  • Serial Writer
  • Short Story Writer
  • Specifications Writer
  • Specifications Writer (except Construction)
  • Speech Writer
  • Sports Writer - Novels And Books
  • Standards Writer
  • Storyboarder
  • Support Materials Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Writer - Aeronautics
  • Technical Writer - Chemical Processing
  • Technical Writer - Electronics Equipment
  • Technical Writer - Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Teleplay Writer - Screenwriter
  • Television Writer
  • Writer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Copywriter
  • Essayist
  • Interactive Media Writer
  • Literary Writer
  • Medical Writer
  • Novelist
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Scientific Writer
  • Script Writer
  • Specifications Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for authors and writers.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $10,355
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma N/A
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $28,912
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $32,870
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $34,159
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for authors and writers.

Gender Median Income
Male $34,159
Female $32,261
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (52 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for authors and writers.

$5,500.00
Lowest Observed
$100,000.00
Highest Observed
$44,850.00
25th Percentile
$58,930.29
Average
$56,000.00
Median
$73,000.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for authors and writers

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 70
25 to 34 years 255
35 to 44 years 320
45 to 54 years 290
55 to 64 years 175
65 to 74 years 85
75 years and over 35
Total 1,225
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for authors and writers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 525
Part Time 585
Total 1,110
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for authors and writers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 490
Female 725
Total 1,225
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for authors and writers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 695
Self Employed 520
Total 1,225
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for authors and writers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 1,160
Unemployed 60
Total 1,225
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for authors and writers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 20
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 120
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 15
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 240
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 10
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 710
Total 1,110
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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