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Entry-Level Journalist Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Journalists may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $33K per year. Female Entry-Level Journalists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Journalist Salary (?
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$21,964 - $51,055
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MEDIAN: $33,309
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Entry-Level Journalist Salary (?
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$9.07 - $20.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,964 - $51,055  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,054  
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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$21,128 - $51,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $20.51  
   
Overtime
$2.38 - $29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,054  
   
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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$21,128 - $51,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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$32,000
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Entry-Level Journalists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Entry-Level Journalists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+33 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below 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

Video Editing
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Technical Writing
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Editing
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National Average
$32,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 24%