News Reporter Salary

News Reporters in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $22K and $66K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female News Reporters survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most News Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,034 - $71,721
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$72K
MEDIAN: $38,907
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$8.81 - $22.29
(Median)
$8
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,034 - $71,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
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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$22,041 - $66,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $22.29  
   
Overtime
$12.34 - $40.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
   
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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$22,041 - $66,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Communications Director. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually. With an annual salary of $57K, News Anchor is the most common role for News Reporters to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Reporter role — which usually pays $35K — is also typical for News Reporters, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for News Reporter


Survey results show that News Reporters use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting and Reporting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Technical Writing 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of News Reporters. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. News Reporters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. News Reporters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $58K on average.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 37%

Reporting
up arrow 34%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000


up arrow 11%

Photography
up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 15%

Public Speaking
up arrow 25%

writing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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