News Reporter Salary

Pay for News Reporters in the United States is very modest at just $39K annually. Pay ranges from $22K on the low end to $66K per year on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most News Reporters. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. There are more female News Reporters who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent.

$24,034 - $71,721
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$72K
MEDIAN: $38,907
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$8.81 - $22.29
(Median)
$8
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,034 - $71,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
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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$22,041 - $66,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $22.29  
   
Overtime
$12.34 - $40.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
   
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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$22,041 - $66,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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.

Common Career Paths for News Reporter


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News Reporters who go on to become Communications Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Communications Directors is $62K annually. 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


News Reporters seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting and Reporting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Technical Writing also typically command lower compensation. Video Editing is a skill commonly found among those who know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $58K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 37%

Reporting
up arrow 34%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000


up arrow 11%

Photography
up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 15%

Public Speaking
up arrow 25%

writing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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