News Reporter Salary

News Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. The majority of News Reporters (62 percent) who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. For the most part, News Reporters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,168 - $65,859
$24K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $39,289
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$9.86 - $21.80
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,168 - $65,859  
   
Bonus
$745 - $14,094  
Total Pay (?
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$22,622 - $62,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $21.80  
   
Overtime
$12.29 - $40.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$745 - $14,094  
   
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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$22,622 - $62,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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Job Description for News Reporter

News reporters work for newspapers, local or national TV and radio stations, and for online news resources. When news reporters work in front of a camera, they are often referred to as "newscasters." Regardless of where they work, news reporters must motivated, articulate, willing to travel, be able to handle stressful situations well, and have a good judgement on how stories should be conveyed to the public no matter what industry they are in. News reporters work inside news studios, outdoors, and on location. For local or national news, they generally work with a co-anchor, other news reporters and behind the scenes people (camera operators, producers, etc). On-camera news reporters are pretty much always trained on teleprompter and microphone usage. In the newspaper and internet news sectors, news reporters work with editors for the section of the paper or website for which they write. In either case, news reporters generally work full-time (40 hours or more a week). News reporters generally need to have a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in journalism or broadcast communications, very strong skills in reporting, journalism, and writing, a commitment to quality, good organization and time management skills, and an ability to work well under pressure and stress.


News Reporter Tasks

  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a particular story.
  • Generate and follow through with story ideas.
  • Review copy and correct errors in content, grammar, and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Report and write news stories for publication, describing the background and details of events.

Common Career Paths for News Reporter


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News Reporters may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Communications Director. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually. As News Reporters progress in their field, many go on to become News Anchors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $57K per year. Another common career choice for News Reporters is to move into a Reporter role. Typically, Reporters get paid $35K.

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Popular Skills for News Reporter


News Reporters seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 34 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Public Speaking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Photography and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Editing also know writing.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

Pay by Experience for a News Reporter has a positive trend. An entry-level News Reporter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 272 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A News Reporter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced News Reporter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 71 salaries. A News Reporter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 35 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,743

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

For those looking to make money, News Reporters in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. News Reporters will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+44 percent), Atlanta (+38 percent), and Indianapolis (+38 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for News Reporter

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

▲64%

▲35%

▲17%

National Average
$37,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
▲38%

Reporting
▲34%

writing
▲20%

Media / Public Relations
▲1%

National Average
$37,000

Social Media Optimization
▼2%

▼4%

Technical Writing
▼5%

▼10%

Photography
▼15%

Public Speaking
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 16%