News Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the specific company. The majority of News Reporters claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female News Reporters who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage.

$24,152 - $65,911
$24K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $39,352
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$9.73 - $21.09
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,152 - $65,911  
   
Bonus
$740 - $14,191  
Total Pay (?
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$22,470 - $62,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $21.09  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $36.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$740 - $14,191  
   
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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$22,470 - $62,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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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Though some News Reporters move into positions like Communications Director (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. Going from News Reporter to News Anchor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $57K. Many others choose to work as Reporters, where pay is typically $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 38 percent, 33 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of writing.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


News Reporters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. News Reporters see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,946

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

Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for News Reporters, 57 percent higher than the national average. News Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), New York (+39 percent), and Indianapolis (+37 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 4 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for News Reporter

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 38%

Reporting
up arrow 33%

writing
up arrow 17%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%


Public Speaking
up arrow 24%

Photography
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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