News Reporter Salary

News Reporters aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Women account for the majority of News Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The majority of News Reporters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,849 - $71,979
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$40K
$72K
MEDIAN: $39,636
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$10.04 - $21.53
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$0$71K
Salary $23,849 - $71,979
Bonus $100.00 - $14,000
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$22,567 - $67,575
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 289
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $21.53
Hourly Tips $0.29
Overtime $10.30 - $40.95
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $100.00 - $14,000
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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$22,567 - $67,575
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 89

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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 who transition into a Communications Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Becoming a News Anchor is, more often than not, the most common role that News Reporters move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $57K. Another frequent advance is for News Reporters to assume a Reporter role; in this role, workers often earn $35K.

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Popular Skills for News Reporter


Survey results show that News Reporters use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 34 percent, and 21 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. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in 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: $36,532

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

News Reporters will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 59 percent. News Reporters will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+48 percent), Los Angeles (+45 percent), Atlanta (+39 percent), and Indianapolis (+38 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for News Reporter

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

▲65%

▲36%

▲18%

National Average
$37,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
▲39%

Reporting
▲34%

writing
▲21%

Media / Public Relations
▲2%

National Average
$37,000

Social Media Optimization
▼2%

▼4%

Technical Writing
▼4%

▼10%

Photography
▼14%

Public Speaking
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 18%
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