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Professional grant writers appear to command relatively high salaries in Canada. Such conclusions must remain subject to revision, however, due to the limits of pertinent, readily available, and timely data.

 

This post explores available data on the average and median salaries of grant writers in Canada. Occasional later posts will explore grant writing as a career in other parts of the world.

 

Average Salaries:

Data from Salaryexpert.com indicate that for a grant writer with one year of experience, the average salary for all of Canada is C$53,721. For the selected cities for which Salaryexpert.com reports data, the averages range from a low of C$45,636 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$62,585 in Yellowknife, NT. For the 25th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$33,956 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$46,568 in Yellowknife, NT. And for the 75th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$58,307 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$79,963 also in Yellowknife, NT.

 

Note: All data presented here are in Canadian dollars (C$). As of the week of this post, the C$ has been trading at or near parity with the US dollar (US$) in international exchange rates; consequently, reporting conversions to US$ would be redundant.

 

City and Province

25th Percentile

Average

75th Percentile

Calgary, AB

C$44,857

C$60,286

C$77,025

Edmonton, AB

C$39,277

C$52,787

C$67,443

Vancouver BC

C$42,660

C$57,332

C$73,251

Victoria, BC

C$38,603

C$51,882

C$66,288

Winnipeg, MB

C$36,234

C$48,697

C$62,218

Fredericton, NB

C$33,956

C$45,636

C$58,307

Yellowknife, NT

C$46,568

C$62,585

C$79,963

London, ON

C$39,126

C$52,583

C$67,183

Ottawa, ON

C$46,338

C$62,276

C$79,567

Toronto, ON

C$45,773

C$61,516

C$78,597

Montreal, QC

C$38,958

C$52,358

C$66,896

Quebec, QC

C$36,785

C$49,438

C$63,165

Regina, SK

C$37,554

C$50,471

C$64,485

Saskatoon, SK

C$36,719

C$49,349

C$63,051

Canada

C$53,721

 

Median Salaries:

Other information sources also present a fairly rosy picture for grant writers in Canada, but the sample sizes generally are too small to be reliable. PayScale.com indicates that the national median salary for grant writers is C$41,081, with a range of C$23,270 to C$61,825. For the only province for which it reports data — Ontario — the range is C$30,000 to C$67,000. Data for other provinces and for cities are not available.

 

Fringe Benefits:

PayScale.com indicates that vacation time varies with years of experience. Grant writers with 1 to 4 years of experience report 1.4 weeks (or 7 days); those with 5 to 9 years of experience report 1.5 weeks (or 7.5 days); and those with 10 to 19 years of experience report 1.0 weeks (or 5 days) of vacation time. The median bonus reported for grant writers in Canada is C$100 with a range of C$0 to C$550.

 

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