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Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $34K annually on average. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one-half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Journalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,229 - $50,717
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,783
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90%

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$9.35 - $23.27
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,229 - $50,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$21,297 - $51,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.35 - $23.27  
   
Overtime
$2.45 - $29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
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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$21,297 - $51,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Journalists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+29 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

Journalist Advice

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

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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Technical Writing
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Editing
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Video Editing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 20%
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