Gain insight on Canada's current creative industry landscape with results of the 2014 CreativeEarners Salary Survey

Since 2000, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers has produced a bi-annual survey taking the pulse of Canada's creative industry, providing a valuable resource for professional communicators that has been updated in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012.  


In partnership with Creative Niche, RGD announces the results of the latest Canadian survey of salaries and billing practices in the communication design industry for 2014. 

The free results are available for all to access online. Visit to download a PDF of the findings. A French version will be available in the new year. 


Through the participation of 3,331 professionals from across the country, this report provides insight into financial trends in the creative communications sector in Canada and offers a summary of the current status of communication design professionals - who they are, the services they offer, how they define their profession and where they think the industry is headed.


“We’re proud to once again partner with RGD to produce the Creative Earners Salary Survey,” said Creative Niche CEO Mandy Gilbert. “The quality and scope of data featured in this comprehensive survey helps us better understand key trends in the Canadian creative industry, then draw conclusions that help guide our strategic decisions in the year ahead.”


CreativeEarners stats include:

  • 49% of creative business owners plan to hire full-time staff in the next 12 months.
  • 30% of individuals working in the creative industry are paid over-time.
  • Average part-time freelance income from 2013 is $6,967.
  • Median salary for a Creative Director in Canada is $80,000.

...and much more!


RGD would like to extend a thank you to the following organizations that supported research into the Canadian creative economy by sponsoring the CreativeEarners initiative: Creative Niche; The Pixel Shop; Designedge Canada; Flash Reproductions; Domtar; Umbra.


RGD would also like to thank the following promotional supporters, who helped us achieve our highest response rate ever, resulting in findings that are more accurate and representative than ever before: Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC); Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA); Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC)Design AlgomaDesign Exchange (DX)Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC)FITCIABC OttawaInterior Designers Association (IDC)London Creative Network; Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ)Sudbury Design Society

Any questions related to the CreativeEarners Salary Survey can be directed to , 1.888.274.3668 x 26.