Reporter Salary

Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but experience level and geography are influential factors as well. Most Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Women account for the majority of Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,249 - $66,957

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$9.92 - $21.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,249 - $66,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
Profit Sharing
$24.00 - $1,100  
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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$23,011 - $63,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 830
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $21.19  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $33.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$24.00 - $1,100  
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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$23,011 - $63,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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Job Description for Reporter

A reporter investigates and writes stories about various events and happenings in the world. Most reporters are employed by news organizations, although there are some who are employed by specific companies that wish to create stories in-house; others work as freelance writers.

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Reporter Tasks

  • Discover, research and follow up on leads.
  • Cover beat and other assignments.
  • Meet daily and long term story deadlines.
  • Participate in editorial meetings and pitch story ideas.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter


Lee Enterprises Inc, American City Business Journals, Gannett Co Inc, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, and Mergermarket are among the top companies that take on many Reporters. The biggest paychecks can be found at Mergermarket — the median salary there is $51K.

Popular Skills for Reporter


Reporters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and News Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe InDesign and Photography also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Reporters. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Reporters bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Reporters, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+37 percent), New York (+37 percent), Washington (+36 percent), and San Diego (+35 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Reporting
up arrow 21%

News Writing
up arrow 17%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

up arrow 6%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 6%


writing
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Interviewing
up arrow 14%

Research
up arrow 20%

Photography
up arrow 25%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 27%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%
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