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Investigative Reporter Salary

Average Investigative Reporters in the United States make around $52K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. There are more female Investigative Reporters who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. For the most part, Investigative Reporters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,429 - $99,981
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,528
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$34,429 - $99,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$34,179 - $93,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Investigative Reporters. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $50K. On average, Investigative Reporters make $75K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $85K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 8%
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