Copywriting is the most lucrative career, according to new data from freelance copywriter Torontonians, and it’s no surprise that the position is so lucrative.
The average freelance copywriting job in Toronto paid an average of $18,878 a year, and that number only climbed up to $24,926 in 2018, according the report.
The pay is even higher in Toronto, where copywriters earn $25,000 a year.
It’s not all good news, however, because the number of copywriters employed dropped over the past year.
According to the report, the number dropped by nearly half, from 3,879 in 2017 to 2,917 in 2018.
The number of full-time copywriters dropped by over 50%, and the number who work part time fell by nearly 25%.
For those who are still working, the pay isn’t that great, but that doesn’t mean you should quit.
It depends on your work, says Sarah McKeown, senior copywriter at Copyblogger.com.
“If you’re writing about a subject that’s going to get readers or a new audience, and you can make a living off that work, then it’s not a bad gig,” she says.
“But if you’re just trying to make a bit more money, you might want to look at another career.”
The biggest problem with the freelance copywriters job is the sheer number of people who work there.
“I don’t think there’s a shortage of people willing to work on anything,” McKeoff says.
The report comes after years of debate about the career options for copywriter.
The Canadian Association of Copywriters, which represents freelance copy writers, says there are about 4,000 full-timers and 3,000 part-timing copywriters working in the country.
Some of those positions are filled by students, who pay $15 an hour or less.
In fact, the report estimates that over 1,500 full- and part-time freelance copy writing jobs exist, which is a lot of work for someone who wants to write a book or do a TV show.
But it’s still better than the other jobs, McKeon says.
The most lucrative part of the job is that it can be done from anywhere, which means you can move from job to job.
McKeoin says if you do find a job in this industry, you can still write a good book or work with a show like The Amazing Race.
“A lot of the jobs out there are just going to be for the sake of the pay and the fame,” she said.
So which careers do copywriters pursue?
Here’s the breakdown of the top 10 freelance copywritten jobs in Toronto.
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Copywriting jobs for a non-fiction writer: There are plenty of opportunities for people to start writing their own books, but if you are looking to work with an author, or just for a short time, there are plenty more positions that offer that as well.
Copywriters for TV series: You can also find a lot more work for people who have been writing for TV for a while.
Some examples of that include writing for The Amazing World of Gumball, The Venture Bros., The Walking Dead, and even the upcoming Marvel series Daredevil.
Copy writing jobs for documentaries: If you want to work as a documentary director, or work in a nonfiction book, there is plenty of work out there for you to do.
Copy writers for podcasts: For writers who want to write for a podcast, there’s lots of options.
Copy writer jobs for films: Whether you’re looking to write your own film, or a TV series, there can be a lot to choose from.
Copy editor jobs for books: Depending on the type of book you’re working on, you’ll have different types of jobs, which could mean you can have multiple jobs.
Copy editing jobs for television: Many of the copy editors jobs offer some type of editing experience, and if you want one, there may be a position for you.
Copy editors for films and documentaries: If you just want to edit a book, the types of positions available to you may be quite different than the ones you’ll find in the book world.
Copy edit jobs for magazines: Magazine copy editors and copy writers are often needed in a lot different ways than film and television editors.