Reporter Salary

Those pursuing careers as Reporters in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Women account for the majority of Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,392 - $68,548
$24K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,000
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$9.99 - $19.23
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,392 - $68,548  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $5,177  
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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$23,065 - $62,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 613
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $19.23  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $33.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$102.56 - $5,177  
   
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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$23,065 - $62,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Reporter


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Reporters might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Editor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $46K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter


Gannett Co Inc, Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, American City Business Journals, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at NBC News — the median salary there is $68K. Also paying near the top of the field are Mergermarket at $54K, American City Business Journals at $42K, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, where Reporters annually earn $38K.

Workers at Sound Publishing, Inc., Lee Enterprises Inc, and Gannett Co Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $27K, $29K, and $33K respectively.

Popular Skills for Reporter


Survey takers working as Reporters report using a large range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Financial Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Research and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

Pay by Experience for a Reporter has a positive trend. An entry-level Reporter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 600 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Reporter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 220 salaries. An experienced Reporter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 120 salaries. A Reporter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,063

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Reporters, New York offers exceptional salaries, 63 percent above the national average. Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+44 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and Miami (+28 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Reporter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Reporter?

Reporter in Lansing:
"Hard, but rewarding."
Pros: The people I work with. The writing I do. The benefits of working at a smaller company include a lot of autonomy and being able to learn through my own mistakes.
Cons: The hours are long. The pay is low.

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Key Stats for Reporter

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries

▲43%

▲25%

▲24%

National Average
$35,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


National Average
$35,000

▼1%




▼3%



Interviewing
▼6%

Multimedia
▼9%

▼10%

▼13%


Research
▼20%

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 20%