Median pay for Investigative Reporters in the United States is around $64K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the majority of Investigative Reporters (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Investigative Reporters is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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MEDIAN: $64,089
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$35,516 - $97,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $67K. Investigative Reporters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. 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 $93K.

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Key Stats for Investigative Reporter

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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