Morning Anchor Salary
Morning Anchors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Women make up a slight majority of Morning Anchors (54 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$29,466 - $108,256|
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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).)
|$29,050 - $124,162|
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.Read More...
Morning anchors work with reporters in order to gather and present news. Generally, a degree in journalism or a related field is required for this position, as morning anchors are often responsible for writing and researching stories with or without the aid of reporters and outside parties. It is often important to develop contacts within communities to uncover engaging stories before other news stations. They may occasionally conduct live interviews, write story introductions, or do direct reporting work, as well.
Morning anchors may also have writing duties, such as writing stories for the station’s website or interacting with viewers on social media. A friendly, outgoing and professional personality is very important in order to engage audiences, and the ability to read fluently from a teleprompter is essential. Co-anchors may occasionally be present, so good teamwork skills are also important. Those in this position must always be able to meet time constraints, as well, as they must be well-prepared when the time comes to deliver the news so that it can be presented effectively.
Sometimes, morning anchors may be subject to high-pressure situations (last-minute changes in stories or breaking news) in which jumbled stories must be made presentable on short notice. Generally, a flexible schedule is beneficial in order to fill-in for daytime positions when necessary.
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Morning Anchor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Morning Anchors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.
Key Stats for Morning Anchor
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