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.