Entry-Level Journalist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Journalist earns an average salary of $32,829 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Editing and Video Editing.
Entry-Level Journalist Total Pay (?
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$22,081 - $50,893
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MEDIAN: $32,828
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Entry-Level Journalist Total Pay (?
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$8.83 - $20.40
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,081 - $50,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$20,988 - $51,119  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 353
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$2.45 - $24.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$20,988 - $51,119  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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Washington
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New York
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$31,000
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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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Journalist Salaries

Editing
up arrow 14%
Video Editing
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$31,000
Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.
Gender
Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 24%
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