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News Anchor Salary

With around half of News Anchors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $29K to $127K per year and averages out to $56K per year. In the world of News Anchors, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $127K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $50K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. There are more female News Anchors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 61 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,136 - $125,848
(Median)
$30K
$56K
$130K
MEDIAN: $55,822
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$8.78 - $30.22
(Median)
$8
$15
$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,136 - $125,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,807  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $49,665  
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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$29,484 - $127,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 787
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $49,665  
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).
)
$29,484 - $127,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. News Anchors see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. News Anchors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for News Anchors that is 107 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. News Anchors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+78 percent), Denver (+46 percent), Chicago (+45 percent), and Sacramento (+42 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects News Anchor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%



National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%
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