Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Journalists is very modest at just $33K per year. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Journalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Entry-Level Journalists (60 percent) survey participants are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,346 - $50,815

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$9.26 - $22.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,346 - $50,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
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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$21,300 - $51,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.26 - $22.59  
   
Overtime
$2.75 - $28.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
   
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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$21,300 - $51,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Journalists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Journalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+28 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

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 Entry-Level Journalist Salaries

writing
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National Average
$32,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 20%
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