Journalist Salary (United States)

A Journalist earns an average salary of $36,834 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are writing and Editing. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Journalist Salary (?
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$23,363 - $69,476
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MEDIAN: $36,834
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Journalist Salary (?
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$9.05 - $26.45
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,363 - $69,476  
   
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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$21,808 - $68,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $26.45  
   
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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$21,808 - $68,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

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Pay Difference By Location

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

Late-Career
up arrow 74%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

writing
up arrow 15%
up arrow 12%
Online Research
up arrow 4%
National Average
$35,000
Video Editing
up arrow 1%
Reporting
up arrow 1%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%
Photography
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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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: 74% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 24%