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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 per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of News Reporters (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$22,648 - $69,969
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$70K
MEDIAN: $35,829
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$9.22 - $22.49
(Median)
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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
$22,648 - $69,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,030  
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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$21,579 - $64,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $38.54  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,030  
   
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).
)
$21,579 - $64,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
United States (change)

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. 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.

News Reporter Job Listings

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Typical News Reporters report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Reporting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 42 percent above average. Those listing writing and Editing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Editing frequently indicates knowledge of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 50%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 42%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

up arrow 11%

writing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%