Reporter Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Reporters in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Reporters (62 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,220 - $67,380
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$67K
MEDIAN: $37,784
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$9.98 - $21.03
(Median)
$10
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,220 - $67,380  
   
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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$23,038 - $63,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 823
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $21.03  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $33.17  
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$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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$23,038 - $63,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Reporters. Mergermarket leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $51K.

Popular Skills for Reporter


Reporters seem to exploit a large range of 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 73 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. Most people familiar with Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

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


For many Reporters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. For Reporters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Reporters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Reporters, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+37 percent), Seattle (+37 percent), New York (+37 percent), and San Diego (+36 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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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%


Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

up arrow 6%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 6%


writing
up arrow 9%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Interviewing
up arrow 14%

Research
up arrow 20%

Photography
up arrow 24%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 27%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%
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