The average Morning Anchor in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Morning Anchors making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Most Morning Anchors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,893 - $106,711
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$110K
MEDIAN: $51,213
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,893 - $106,711  
   
Bonus
$6,500  
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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$29,426 - $120,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.67  
   
Overtime
$16.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$6,500  
   
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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$29,426 - $120,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.

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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.


For many Morning Anchors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Morning Anchors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $75K on average.

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Experience Affects Morning Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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