Investigative Reporter Salary

The average Investigative Reporter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K per year. Career duration 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 high and work is enjoyable for most Investigative Reporters. Investigative Reporters survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,107 - $97,010
MEDIAN: $58,703

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$35,107 - $97,010  
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$34,922 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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.

For many Investigative Reporters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $56K. Investigative Reporters bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $88K.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 6%