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Entry-Level Journalist Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Entry-Level Journalist is $31,896 per year.
Entry-Level Journalist Salary (?
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$21,908 - $50,662
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,896
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Entry-Level Journalist Salary (?
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$8.78 - $19.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,908 - $50,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,030  
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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$20,968 - $50,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $19.90  
   
Overtime
$2.13 - $29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,030  
   
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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$20,968 - $50,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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National Average
$31,000
Atlanta
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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.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Journalist Salaries

Video Editing
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Technical Writing
0%
Editing
0%
National Average
$31,000
Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 25%