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Reporter Salary

Reporters in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K per year. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and location are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Reporters. Female Reporters are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,352 - $65,874
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$66K
MEDIAN: $37,597
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50%
90%

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$10.03 - $20.85
(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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,352 - $65,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$23,211 - $62,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 718
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$14.53 - $33.04  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
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).
)
$23,211 - $62,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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 Skills for Reporter


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Blogging, and Reporting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Photography and Research also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

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


Reporters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Reporters, 47 percent above the national average. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+46 percent), Washington (+37 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), and New York (+30 percent).

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Blogging
up arrow 15%

Reporting
up arrow 9%


Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 1%

up arrow 6%

Multimedia
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Interviewing
up arrow 13%

writing
up arrow 14%

Research
up arrow 20%

Photography
up arrow 23%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%