Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Journalists may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $34K annually. A strong majority enjoy medical while close to one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in three. Most Entry-Level Journalists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,207 - $50,951
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,928
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90%

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$9.21 - $22.92
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $13.00
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50%
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
$22,207 - $50,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
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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$21,345 - $51,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $22.92  
   
Overtime
$2.68 - $28.82  
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 - $5,029  
   
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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$21,345 - $51,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Journalists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Entry-Level Journalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent) and New York (+27 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Journalist Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Journalist Salaries

writing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

Reporting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 19%
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