Investigative Reporter Salary

Median pay for Investigative Reporters in the United States is around $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the majority of Investigative Reporters (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,742 - $104,659
MEDIAN: $50,552

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$34,742 - $104,659  
$0.00 - $5,057  
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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: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Investigative Reporters see a median income of $42K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $45K. For Investigative Reporters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $105K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


66 %
34 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%