News Anchor Salary (United States)

A News Anchor earns an average salary of $52,550 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
News Anchor Total Pay (?
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$29,626 - $122,507
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $52,550
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News Anchor Total Pay (?
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$8.43 - $36.70
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,626 - $122,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,319  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $17,500  
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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$28,768 - $126,196  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $36.70  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,319  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $17,500  
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).
)
$28,768 - $126,196  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 723
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Job Description for News Anchor
The primary responsibility of a news anchor is to present current events to an audience through a news broadcast. A dedicated news program and a general commitment to objectivity distinguish an anchor from a newscaster, who presents brief, bulletin-style reports both between and during other programming, and a commentator, who provides analysis and opinion. As broadcast journalists, news anchors are often directly involved in the compiling, writing and editing of the material they later present on-air. Additionally, news anchors may act as a public face for their networks.
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News 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 News Anchor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 115%
Los Angeles
up arrow 111%
Salt Lake City
up arrow 91%
San Diego
up arrow 50%
Chicago
up arrow 45%
Miami
up arrow 44%
Philadelphia
up arrow 32%
Detroit
up arrow 22%
Cleveland
up arrow 20%
Atlanta
up arrow 15%
Milwaukee
up arrow 13%
Dallas
up arrow 12%
Washington
up arrow 5%
St. Louis
up arrow 5%
National Average
$53,000
Houston
up arrow 9%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
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Experience Affects News Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$53,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect News Anchor Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%
National Average
$53,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%
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