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News Reporter Salary

Pay for News Reporters in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,186 - $70,173
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$70K
MEDIAN: $36,650
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90%

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$8.91 - $20.66
(Median)
$8
$13
$21
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
$23,186 - $70,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
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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$21,665 - $64,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $20.66  
   
Overtime
$11.79 - $39.31  
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 - $4,971  
   
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).
)
$21,665 - $64,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 News Reporters do not often become Communications Directors, the job pays $62K per year on average. 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.

News Reporter Job Listings

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Survey results show that News Reporters typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 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. Editing and Video Editing are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

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


News Reporters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. On average, News Reporters make $51K following one to two decades on the job. News Reporters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 46%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 39%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

up arrow 11%

Technical Writing
up arrow 12%

writing
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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