Broadcast Journalists in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Broadcast Journalists (60 percent) who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Broadcast Journalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,370 - $82,504
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$83K
MEDIAN: $35,981
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$9.44 - $35.75
(Median)
$9
$14
$36
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,370 - $82,504  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
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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$21,971 - $80,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$11.50 - $50.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,017  
   
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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$21,971 - $80,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

  • Act as an anchor and report in and out of the field.
  • Edit and produce stories for on-air and online media platforms.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journalist, Broadcast

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Broadcast Journalists make a median salary of $90K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Broadcast Journalists report making only $65K on average.

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Experience Affects Journalist, Broadcast Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 159%

Late-Career
up arrow 87%

Mid-Career
up arrow 45%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Journalist, Broadcast Salaries

Editing
up arrow 15%

National Average
$35,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%

Video Editing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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