Morning Anchor Salary

With around half of Morning Anchors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $105K per year and averages out to $52K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Morning Anchors (56 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Morning Anchors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,138 - $103,166

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$31,138 - $103,166  
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$30,668 - $104,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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Job Description for Morning Anchor

Morning anchors generally work for television stations and deliver the morning news. Though their actual on-air time is often brief, their off-air duties may be very challenging and time-consuming.


Morning Anchor Tasks

  • 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. Morning Anchors bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Morning Anchors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.

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Experience Affects Morning Anchor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


56 %
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 10%