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Morning Anchor Salary

Morning Anchors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about one-half of Morning Anchors. Salaries average out to around $52K annually and spread from $31K to $102K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Women Morning Anchors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$31,839 - $101,424
(Median)
$32K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $52,210
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$31,839 - $101,424  
   
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$0.00 - $10,166  
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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$31,164 - $102,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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.


Morning Anchors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. Morning Anchors bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $69K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Morning Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 8%
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