Pay for Entry-Level Journalists is very modest at just $36K annually. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Journalists. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,932 - $55,599
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,837
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$9.67 - $23.31
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,932 - $55,599  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$1,280  
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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$22,456 - $55,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $23.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$8.20 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,280  
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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$22,456 - $55,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,563

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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Entry-Level Journalists in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Miami (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average.

Journalist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Journalist in Janesville:
"Journalists are poor."
Ask yourself, do you really want to do this? Give yourself five years to decide whether this is your vocation.

Journalist in Port of Spain:
"Learn About The Technical Aspect Of Your Job."
Exercise initiative. The only way to grow is to learn so learn more about your field of journalism especially the technical aspect of it. E.g if you work at a tv news station, learn how to produce the newscast or how to edit video footage. It goes a long way.

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Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Online Research
up arrow 7%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$35,000

Editing
up arrow 4%

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

writing
up arrow 13%

Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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