Entry-Level Journalists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,945 - $57,788
$24K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $36,244
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$9.77 - $23.70
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$13
$24
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,945 - $57,788  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $10,213  
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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$22,565 - $57,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $23.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.46  
Overtime
$7.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$302.01 - $10,213  
   
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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$22,565 - $57,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,843

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

For Entry-Level Journalists, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Journalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Miami (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and New York (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 19 percent below the national average.

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
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Online Research
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

Editing
up arrow 7%

Technical Writing
up arrow 8%

Reporting
up arrow 12%

writing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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