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News Reporter Salary

News Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most News Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$22,850 - $71,565
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$72K
MEDIAN: $36,227
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50%
90%

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$9.08 - $22.82
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,850 - $71,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$21,418 - $65,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $22.82  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
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).
)
$21,418 - $65,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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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While not commonly seen, News Reporters who transition into a Communications Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Communications Directors is $62K per year. 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 Newspaper Reporter role. Typically, Newspaper Reporters get paid $30K.

News Reporter Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as News Reporters typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 40 percent above average. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Editing and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Editing frequently indicates knowledge of Video Editing.

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 $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. On average, News Reporters make $52K following one to two decades on the job. News Reporters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 40%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

up arrow 11%

writing
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 17%