Morning Anchor Salary

Morning Anchors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $31K to $104K per year, median earnings come to $52K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,117 - $102,532
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,760
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$30,694 - $103,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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.


For many Morning Anchors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. 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 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 9%
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