Journalist, Broadcast Salary
Broadcast Journalists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. More than half of Broadcast Journalists (62 percent) survey participants are women. Most Broadcast Journalists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$22,155 - $82,629|
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|$22,331 - $81,000|
|Hourly Rate||$10.77 - $36.06|
|Overtime||$11.98 - $50.32|
|Total Pay (||$22,331 - $81,000|
Job Description for Journalist, Broadcast
Broadcast journalists present news to television viewers and radio listeners. They are hired by local TV and radio outlets and affiliates, or they may work for large, national broadcast entities. These journalists can be anchors, news readers, or reporters, and they usually must have the ability to write and present news stories that are edited for content and meet length requirements.Read More...
Broadcast journalists typically work on a story, writing copy and outlines. Trained journalists are aware of the cadence of their speaking voice and adjust the content they present to match that; thus, a journalist presenting a two-minute story knows how much to write to fill in that time period. The journalist collects video and/or audio footage that they can edit for time and content, typically cutting different versions of the same story with different running times so that a news producer can use them as needed and interchangeably. Broadcast journalists' shifts may vary depending on the needs of the employer. They work in offices and studios, and they often perform regular travel as part of their duties.
Typically most broadcast journalists have at least a bachelor's degree in journalism, although occasionally experience can be substituted for education. Expertise within a specific field (such as science reporters or sports anchors) may be required or preferred. In addition to needing writing, reporting, and editing skills that any journalist should have, broadcast journalists need to be confident and presentable on camera or over the radio. Many broadcast journalists work to hone their on-air presentation style and persona.
Journalist, Broadcast Tasks
- Edit and produce stories for on-air and online media platforms.
- Act as an anchor and report in and out of the field.
Pay by Experience Level for Journalist, Broadcast
Pay by Experience for a Journalist, Broadcast has a positive trend. An entry-level Journalist, Broadcast with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 75 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Journalist, Broadcast with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Journalist, Broadcast which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 16 salaries. A Journalist, Broadcast with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 9 salaries.
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