Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Medical Writing in Canada

The latest issue of the AMWA Journal published the results of the AMWA-Canada Rate and Salary Survey 2005. Canadian AMWA members felt the results of the US AMWA Salary survey did not reflect the Canadian market, so they did their own.

Although participation in the survey was low, the results may be useful to Canadian medical writers (rates are given in Canadian dollars).
The mean gross annual income of freelances was $72,467 (range, $25,000 to $165,000), whereas the mean gross annual income of employed respondents was $68,156 (range, $45,000 to $96,000). When the number of hours worked per week was taken into account, the standardized hourly rate of freelances was $54.91 (range, $19 to $138). However, when the hourly rate was calculated to include nonbillable hours, the effective freelance hourly rate was $42.08 (range, $14 to $122). The standardized hourly rate of employed biomedical communicators was $34.25 (range, $19 to $53). (AMWA JOURNAL . VOL. 22, NO. 4, page 181, 2007)
The article also provides rates for specific freelance jobs and products (information not included in the US survey). AMWA members can access the article at www.amwa.org.


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