Investigative Reporter Salary

Median pay for Investigative Reporters in the United States is around $51K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Investigative Reporters who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. 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 a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,539 - $98,931
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$99K
MEDIAN: $51,412
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$34,539 - $98,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$34,371 - $96,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Investigative Reporters in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $41K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $50K. On average, Investigative Reporters make $77K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $95K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 83%

Experienced
up arrow 49%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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