Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $34K annually on average. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Journalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,371 - $50,917
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,928
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$9.37 - $23.08
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,371 - $50,917  
   
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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$21,446 - $51,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.37 - $23.08  
   
Overtime
$2.68 - $28.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$21,446 - $51,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Entry-Level Journalists in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), New York (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average.

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
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National Average
$32,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 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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