News Reporter Salary

News Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K per year on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most News Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,403 - $68,989
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,197
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$8.85 - $21.33
(Median)
$8
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,403 - $68,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,979  
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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$21,760 - $63,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $21.33  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,979  
   
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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$21,760 - $63,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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There are some News Reporters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Communications Directors, where earnings are an average $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 Newspaper Reporter role; in this role, workers often earn $30K.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Fortunate workers who know Reporting command much higher paychecks, 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. Many workers who know Editing also know 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. 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 $54K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 43%

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 13%

writing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%
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