Entry-Level Journalist Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Entry-Level Journalists ; the average employee scrapes together only around $34K annually. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by around half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Entry-Level Journalists (61 percent) who took the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,180 - $50,835
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,994
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$9.59 - $23.49
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,180 - $50,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$21,291 - $51,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.59 - $23.49  
   
Overtime
$2.45 - $29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
   
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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$21,291 - $51,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Journalists, Washington provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 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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National Average
$32,000

Editing
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Technical Writing
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%