Morning Anchor Salary

Morning Anchors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $31K to $104K per year, median earnings come 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 Morning Anchors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Morning Anchors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$31,432 - $102,688
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,963
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$31,432 - $102,688  
   
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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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$30,896 - $104,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Morning Anchors. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. Morning Anchors see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $69K.

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Experience Affects Morning Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 10%
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