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News Reporter Salary

Those pursuing careers as News Reporters in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K annually. Geography 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. Most News Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$23,104 - $70,949
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$71K
MEDIAN: $36,483
10%
50%
90%

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$9.09 - $20.68
(Median)
$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
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
$23,104 - $70,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,004  
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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$21,650 - $64,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 489
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $20.68  
   
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 - $5,004  
   
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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$21,650 - $64,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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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Though some News Reporters move into positions like Communications Director (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. More often than not, a News Anchor role is the next step for News Reporters moving up in the field. News Anchors usually make $57K per year. Many other News Reporters choose to take on a Newspaper Reporter role, where salaries are typically $30K.

News Reporter Job Listings

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News Reporters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. Technical Writing and Editing also typically command lower compensation. It is not unusual for someone who knows Editing to be familiar with Video Editing as well.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. On average, News Reporters make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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 4%

up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 12%

writing
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 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: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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