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Investigative Reporter Salary

The average Investigative Reporter in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Female Investigative Reporters survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investigative Reporters. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,246 - $93,082
MEDIAN: $49,618

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$34,246 - $93,082  
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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).
$34,035 - $91,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $43K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Investigative Reporters make a median salary of $64K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $100K.

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 15 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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%