News Reporter Salary

News Reporters in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for News Reporters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,622 - $69,598

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$8.85 - $20.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,622 - $69,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,982  
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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$21,830 - $64,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $38.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,982  
   
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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$21,830 - $64,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Communications Director, where median compensation is $62K annually. The most common career progression for News Reporters leads to becoming a News Anchor, where average pay is $57K annually. However, many News Reporters also opt to become Newspaper Reporters. Typically, a Newspaper Reporter brings home $30K.

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News Reporters who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 37 percent above average. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Technical Writing and 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.


For many News Reporters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. News Reporters see a median salary of $51K after reaching 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 $54K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 37%

National Average
$36,000

Video Editing
up arrow 7%

up arrow 10%

Technical Writing
up arrow 14%

writing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
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: 47% employee benefits None: 17%
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