Morning Anchor Salary
Median pay for Morning Anchors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Morning Anchors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Morning Anchors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.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
- 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.
- Venture into the field to cover live events and unfolding stories as they happen.
- 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Morning Anchor
Pay by Experience for a Morning Anchor has a positive trend. An entry-level Morning Anchor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 42 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Morning Anchor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Morning Anchor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 35 salaries. A Morning Anchor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 14 salaries.
Key Stats for Morning Anchor
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