Morning Anchor Salary
The average Morning Anchor in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Morning Anchors making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Most Morning Anchors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
- 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Morning Anchors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $75K on average.