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Morning Anchor Salary (United States)

Morning Anchors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly one-half of Morning Anchors. Salaries average out to around $54K per year and spread from $32K to $104K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Morning Anchors (62 percent) survey participants are women. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Morning Anchor Salary (?
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.
$32,800 - $102,236
MEDIAN: $54,047
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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.
$32,800 - $102,236  
$0.00 - $11,920  
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).
$32,347 - $103,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Job Description for Morning Anchor

  • Cover breaking news stories in real time and follow along with updates.
  • Research and develop news stories from the idea stages to a written script.
  • Venture into the field to cover live events and unfolding stories as they happen.
  • Present both live and pre-recorded daily news stories in a professional manner on television.
  • Send timely updates via social media to engage the viewing audience and keep them informed.

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Pay by Experience Level for Morning Anchor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Morning Anchors. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $45K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $55K. Morning Anchors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $77K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Morning Anchors, Cleveland offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Morning Anchors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+4 percent).
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 19 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 7%