Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K annually. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Journalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$23,995 - $58,190
$24K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $36,343
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$9.75 - $23.00
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,995 - $58,190  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $14,000  
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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$22,544 - $58,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $23.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.46  
Overtime
$7.00 - $31.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$300.00 - $14,000  
   
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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$22,544 - $58,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,840

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Journalists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Miami (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

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 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
13%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Online Research
▲4%

National Average
$35,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼1%

Video Editing
▼6%

▼7%

Reporting
▼7%

Technical Writing
▼8%

writing
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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