Investigative Reporter Salary

Investigative Reporters in the United States take home an average $56K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Investigative Reporters (56 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,027 - $99,004

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$35,027 - $99,004  
   
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$0.00 - $5,045  
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$34,877 - $97,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Investigative Reporters make a median salary of $79K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $95K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%
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