News Anchor Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (just under nine-tenths on average) of overall compensation for News Anchors, and the median take-home for this group lies near $57K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The majority of News Anchors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women News Anchors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$32,186 - $122,165
$32K
$58K
$120K
MEDIAN: $57,930
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$9.73 - $30.20
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MEDIAN: $15.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,186 - $122,165  
   
Bonus
$863 - $28,828  
Profit Sharing
$9,250  
Commission
$50,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,458 - $121,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 801
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $30.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$14.29  
Overtime
$13.24 - $60.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$863 - $28,828  
   
Commission
$50,000  
Profit Sharing
$9,250  
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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$30,458 - $121,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for News Anchor

News anchors generally are responsible for presenting local, national and/or world news to the public. They generally work in a studio to produce TV or radio news programs, although they sometimes report or anchor programs from the scene of the broadcast's subject. The news anchor often reads compiled news stories from a teleprompter, as well as conducts on-air interviews with the subjects of news, experts and reporter colleagues as needed. They also react to breaking news as it emerges, presenting information to the viewing or listening public as it becomes available. Additionally, news anchors help make editorial decisions about which stories to air and how they should be presented. The anchor may also report stories themselves, performing such tasks as conducting interviews, obtaining video and audio to use in broadcast, researching relevant information, and using computer software to edit audio and/or video gathered through the course of reporting.

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News Anchor Tasks

  • 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.
  • Venture into the field to cover live events and unfolding stories as they happen.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for News Anchor


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While not commonly seen, News Anchors who transition into an Evening Anchor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Evening Anchors is $71K per year. News Anchors most frequently advance into Morning Anchor and Radio Show Host roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for News Anchor


News Anchors flock to CBS Corporation, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, Tribune Co, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., and Abc Corp., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc — the median salary there is $72K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider CBS Corporation, Raycom Media, Inc., and Tribune Co, top-paying firms where News Anchors rake in a respectable $68K, $65K, or $55K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Abc Corp. ($27K), Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. ($32K), and Tribune Co ($55K).

Pay by Experience Level for News Anchor

Pay by Experience for a News Anchor has a positive trend. An entry-level News Anchor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 326 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A News Anchor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 383 salaries. An experienced News Anchor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 388 salaries. A News Anchor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,856

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Professionals in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — the three largest American cities — enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with News Anchors in Columbia earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Employers in Phoenix and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for News Anchor

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects News Anchor Salaries

▲30%

▲25%

▼0%

National Average
$57,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect News Anchor Salaries

anchor
▲67%

Journalism
▲53%

National Average
$57,000



Video Editing
▼26%

Public Speaking
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 12%
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