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Morning Anchor Salary

The majority of Morning Anchors in the United States — about one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $102K per year, and the median is $52K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,736 - $101,554
(Median)
$32K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,736
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90%

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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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$31,095 - $102,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. 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%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 8%
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