News Reporter Salary

Pay for News Reporters in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for News Reporters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female News Reporters survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,403 - $68,989
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,153
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$8.84 - $20.52
(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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$21,849 - $63,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $20.52  
   
Overtime
$12.15 - $39.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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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$21,849 - $63,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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. The most common promotion for News Reporters is News Anchor, a position that typically pays $57K annually. Another standard transition for News Reporters seeking advancement is to assume a Newspaper Reporter role, where pay is often $30K.

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Popular Skills for News Reporter


News Reporters report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 38 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 correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. 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. News Reporters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. 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 $55K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 38%

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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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