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Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $34K annually on average. The majority of Entry-Level Journalists (61 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Entry-Level Journalists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,386 - $50,604
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,702
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90%

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$9.33 - $23.49
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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
$22,386 - $50,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
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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$21,283 - $51,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $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 - $5,059  
   
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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$21,283 - $51,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Journalists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+29 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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

writing
up arrow 9%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 20%
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