Journalist Salary (United States)

A Journalist earns an average salary of $36,745 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are writing, Editing, and Technical Writing. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Journalist Total Pay (?
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$23,110 - $70,064
(Median)
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49K
70K
MEDIAN: $36,745
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Journalist Total Pay (?
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$9.05 - $27.92
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,110 - $70,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,486  
Profit Sharing
$628 - $4,250  
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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$21,698 - $69,792  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $27.92  
   
Overtime
$3.05 - $62.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,486  
   
Profit Sharing
$628 - $4,250  
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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$21,698 - $69,792  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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Job Description for Journalist

A journalist is an individual hired to collect and interpret facts about various events and news stories. This may involve conducting interviews and investigations, and using personal observation. Journalists are currently employed by a magazine or newspaper company, both national as well as local, but may also be hired for an online news site or other news supplier. Many journalists work directly under a boss and news editor who oversee the columns of the magazine, paper, or website, but some journalists may also work as freelancers and supply their work on an as-needed basis.
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Journalist Tasks
  • Review and edit copy.
  • Report and write stories for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, or the internet.
  • Collect and interpret facts about news events through interviews, investigations, and observation.
  • Work with news editor and reporters to generate new content.

Common Career Paths for Journalist

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Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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National Average
$35,000
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

writing
up arrow 15%
up arrow 13%
Online Research
up arrow 4%
National Average
$35,000
Video Editing
up arrow 1%
Reporting
up arrow 1%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%
Photography
up arrow 13%

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 24%
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