The Canadian Writers Union did a survey and found:

  • 81% of members have writing incomes below the poverty line
  • their average yearly income is $12,879, or $36,000 below Canada’s national average
  • this represents a 27% decline in income since the last survey in 1998
  • 45% believe they’re now working harder to earn that lesser amount.

And the extra cherry-on-top:

  • female writers only earn 55% of what male writers earn (significantly lower than the average across all jobs, where it’s something like 74%).

Don’t quit your day job, indeed.