Investigative Reporters in the United States can expect wages of $63K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of Investigative Reporters (67 percent) survey participants are women. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,634 - $97,583
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$36K
$63K
$98K
MEDIAN: $63,378
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$35,634 - $97,583  
   
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$4,500  
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$35,822 - $97,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $67K. Investigative Reporters see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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