Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Journalists is very modest at just $37K annually. Most Entry-Level Journalists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level Journalists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While some workers in this profession — around one in four — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,934 - $55,439
$24K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,737
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50%
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$9.87 - $21.45
$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.14
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$0$55K
Salary $23,934 - $55,439
Bonus $100.67 - $9,933
Profit Sharing $1,280
Total Pay (?
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$22,258 - $55,614
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 375
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.87 - $21.45
Hourly Tips $1.46
Overtime $2.30 - $30.96
Annual Data $0$55K
Bonus $100.67 - $9,933
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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$22,258 - $55,614
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 115

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,929

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Journalists, 48 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Miami (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

Journalist Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Journalist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
12%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Online Research
▲3%

National Average
$35,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼2%

Video Editing
▼6%

Reporting
▼7%

▼8%

Technical Writing
▼9%

writing
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 27%
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