Investigative Reporter Salary

Median pay for Investigative Reporters in the United States is around $59K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investigative Reporters. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Investigative Reporters (60 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,107 - $97,010
MEDIAN: $58,703

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$35,107 - $97,010  
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$34,922 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $56K. For Investigative Reporters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. Investigative Reporters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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 7 votes.


60 %
40 %

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: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 6%