Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $34K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by around half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$22,944 - $51,526
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,392
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$9.68 - $21.72
(Median)
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,944 - $51,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
Profit Sharing
$1,023  
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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$21,565 - $51,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $21.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.86  
Overtime
$2.89 - $28.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,023  
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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$21,565 - $51,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,501

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Journalists, 35 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Journalists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), New York (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Miami (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (5 percent lower) and Los Angeles (3 percent lower).

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 Journalist Salaries

Video Editing
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Editing
0%

National Average
$33,000

Technical Writing
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writing
up arrow 4%

Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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