Investigative Reporter Salary

The average Investigative Reporter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Investigative Reporters (59 percent) survey respondents. Most Investigative Reporters report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,539 - $98,931
MEDIAN: $51,412

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$34,539 - $98,931  
$0.00 - $5,045  
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$34,371 - $96,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $41K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $50K. Investigative Reporters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $95K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


59 %
41 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%