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Investigative Reporter Salary

Investigative Reporters in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Investigative Reporters (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investigative Reporters. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,791 - $104,340
MEDIAN: $52,422

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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.
$34,791 - $104,340  
$0.00 - $5,068  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$34,591 - $102,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $41K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $49K. Investigative Reporters bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Investigative Reporters who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $100K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 9%