A News Reporter earns an average salary of $35,394 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
News Reporter Total Pay (?
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$22,635 - $62,186
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47K
62K
MEDIAN: $35,394
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News Reporter Total Pay (?
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$8.89 - $20.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,635 - $62,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $650  
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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$21,598 - $61,466  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 815
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $20.73  
   
Overtime
$12.64 - $35.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $650  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$21,598 - $61,466  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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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
  • 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.
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a particular story.
  • Generate and follow through with story ideas.
Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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New York
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National Average
$35,000
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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

National Average
$35,000
Technical Writing
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Video Editing
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writing
up arrow 17%
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Gender
Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%
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