Average Salary for The Associated Press Employees

Operating out of New York City, N.Y., The Associated Press employs talent in positions ranging from Photo Editor to Journalist. A typical The Associated Press employee can expect to make $79K per year. Your job title plays the largest role in compensation at The Associated Press, but your city and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This synopsis is derived from responses to the PayScale's salary survey.

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The Associated Press typically pays:
above market

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Employer: The Associated Press
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Photo Editor (2)
$38,345 - $114,473  
[-]Photo Editor (2)
Salary$41,985 - $111,520  
Total Pay$38,345 - $114,473  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (2)
$96,656 - $175,555  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (2)
Salary$92,524 - $162,324  
Total Pay$96,656 - $175,555  
[+]Journalist (2)
$38,335 - $96,412  
[+]Journalist (2)
Salary$40,126 - $88,775  
Total Pay$38,335 - $96,412  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (2)
$50,339 - $111,960  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (2)
Salary$53,128 - $104,000  
Total Pay$50,339 - $111,960  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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About This Company

New York City, New York 


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Senior Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $130K — though Information Technology Project Managers, Photo Editors, and Journalists also do fairly well at $85K, $79K, and $71K, respectively.


Residents of Cranbury pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $119K annually; other top-paying cities include New York (approximately $79K) and Washington, DC (around $67K). Across The Associated Press' U.S. offices, employees in the state of New Jersey earn the most, taking home about $110K per year.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $64K. For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach $79K. A typical employee has 10-19 years of experience and earns approximately $79K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Microsoft Certified Professionals, who make $85K. CompTIA Network+ Experts with credentials can live quite comfortably; salaries come in at around $84K per year. The highest-paying degree here is an Associate's Degree; The Associated Press awards about $119K to these degree-holders.


In this position, it pays to have .NET in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $147K. It's pretty common to find people here who know Editing; close to one-fifth consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to know C#, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Just 44 percent receive paid time off. The Associated Press sponsors a 401(k) program, and the vast majority of workers use this option to save for their retirement. For nearly all workers, benefits include health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage, too. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.

Key Stats for The Associated Press


45 %
55 %
$47,206 - $84,526
$56,766 - $139,000
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
$74,347 - $96,650

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