News Anchor Salary (United States)

A News Anchor earns an average salary of $54,468 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
News Anchor Salary (?
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$29,997 - $124,742
(Median)
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54K
92K
120K
MEDIAN: $54,468
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News Anchor Salary (?
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$8.36 - $37.25
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,997 - $124,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,043  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $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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$29,258 - $128,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $37.25  
   
Overtime
$0.26 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $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).
)
$29,258 - $128,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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

Los Angeles
up arrow 155%
New York
up arrow 113%
Philadelphia
up arrow 55%
Miami
up arrow 52%
Chicago
up arrow 44%
San Diego
up arrow 41%
Detroit
up arrow 23%
Dallas
up arrow 14%
Atlanta
up arrow 11%
Tampa
up arrow 11%
Milwaukee
up arrow 9%
Spokane
up arrow 7%
Washington
up arrow 2%
Cleveland
up arrow 2%
Houston
0%
National Average
$55,000
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Experience Affects News Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$55,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%