Investigative Reporter Salary

Investigative Reporters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $57K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Investigative Reporters (57 percent) survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,022 - $97,653

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Investigative Reporter

Investigative reporters analyze problems or questions that need to be further researched, such as crimes or potential crimes, and the results are then reported to the public.


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Pay by Experience Level for Investigative Reporter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Investigative Reporters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $53K. On average, Investigative Reporters make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $88K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


58 %
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 6%