Morning Anchor Salary

With nearly one-half of Morning Anchors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Morning Anchors is $52K annually and can range from $31K on the lower end to $103K per year near the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Morning Anchors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Morning Anchors (55 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,000 - $102,129
MEDIAN: $52,000

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$31,000 - $102,129  
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$30,660 - $103,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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.

For many Morning Anchors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. Morning Anchors bring in $59K 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.


55 %
45 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%