A Journalist earns an average salary of $36,226 per year. Experience strongly influences 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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$22,469 - $71,216
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28K
36K
49K
71K
MEDIAN: $36,225
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Journalist Total Pay (?
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$8.96 - $28.38
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28
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,469 - $71,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,987  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,278  
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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$21,147 - $72,263  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $28.38  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $51.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,278  
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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$21,147 - $72,263  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 507
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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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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Los Angeles
up arrow 13%
Chicago
up arrow 10%
San Francisco
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 3%
Boston
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National Average
$35,000
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Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%
Experienced
up arrow 47%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

writing
up arrow 23%
up arrow 20%
Technical Writing
up arrow 19%
Online Research
up arrow 5%
Video Editing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$35,000
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%
Reporting
up arrow 7%
Graphic Design
up arrow 8%
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Gender
Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 25%
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