It's impossible to make it big as a News Reporters in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female News Reporters survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for News Reporters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,345 - $66,435
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MEDIAN: $38,976
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$8.89 - $21.15
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,345 - $66,435  
   
Bonus
$745 - $14,094  
Total Pay (?
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$22,668 - $62,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $21.15  
   
Overtime
$9.94 - $40.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$745 - $14,094  
   
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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$22,668 - $62,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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 who go on to become Communications Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Communications Directors is $62K annually. A News Anchor role is the most common promotion for News Reporters moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $57K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for News Reporters is a Reporter position, where earnings are usually $35K.

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Popular Skills for News Reporter


Survey results imply that News Reporters put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 33 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Technical Writing also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Editing also know writing.

Pay by Experience Level for News Reporter

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


News Reporters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. News Reporters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,842

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For News Reporters, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 58 percent greater than the national average. News Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+47 percent), New York (+42 percent), Indianapolis (+37 percent), and Miami (+36 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects News Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect News Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 37%

Reporting
up arrow 33%

writing
up arrow 5%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Social Media Optimization
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up arrow 5%


Technical Writing
up arrow 14%

Public Speaking
up arrow 24%

Photography
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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