Morning Anchor Salary

With half of Morning Anchors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Morning Anchors is $52K per year and can range from $31K on the lower end to $103K per year near the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Morning Anchors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,000 - $102,129
MEDIAN: $52,000

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$31,000 - $102,129  
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$30,660 - $103,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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.


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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. For Morning Anchors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Morning Anchor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


55 %
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%