Broadcast Journalists in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Job satisfaction for Broadcast Journalists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$22,739 - $91,231
$23K
$39K
$91K
MEDIAN: $38,713
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$9.34 - $36.06
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$36
MEDIAN: $13.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$22,739 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$1,250  
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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$22,346 - $82,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$11.86 - $50.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,250  
   
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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$22,346 - $82,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journalist, Broadcast

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $31K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. Broadcast Journalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $93K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $70K.

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Key Stats for Journalist, Broadcast

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
053
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Journalist, Broadcast Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 162%

Late-Career
up arrow 97%

Mid-Career
up arrow 43%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Journalist, Broadcast Salaries

Editing
up arrow 12%

National Average
$36,000

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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