Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Reporters. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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.Read More...
A reporter's medium has a significant impact on their daily duties. For example, if the reporter works for a broadcast media outlet such as television or radio, their time is often split among researching stories, writing copy, filming interviews and B-roll, and working with editors, among other tasks. Reporters who work for print media, such as newspapers and magazines, spend their time researching, writing, and working with editors, among other tasks. Reporters across outlets - including web-only ventures - are frequently tasked with posting updates to their website, as well as "additional" content such as podcasts and videos.
The environment in which a reporter work is generally determined by their medium. Reporters generally spend part of their time in an office setting and part of their time on the site of stories, collecting information, interviews, and (as required) photos and videos.
Most employers prefer reporters have a bachelor's degree in mass communication, journalism, or a related field. In addition, specialist knowledge about a given topic area, be it a local region or a specialty such as health or entertainment, is often required.
- 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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter
Gannett Co Inc, Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, and Sound Publishing, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Reporters. Those at NBC News can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $68K. Also paying near the top of the field are Mergermarket at $54K, American City Business Journals at $41K, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, where Reporters annually earn $37K.
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 $28K, $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 command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe InDesign and Research also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.
Pay by Experience Level for Reporter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Reporters bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Reporters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 65 percent, Reporters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent), Washington (+41 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and San Francisco (+29 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average.
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