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. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career length and location. Women account for the majority of Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,031 - $67,267
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$67K
MEDIAN: $37,596
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$9.96 - $20.80
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$10
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,031 - $67,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$22,929 - $63,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 967
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$14.52 - $33.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$22,929 - $63,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Reporters, Gannett Co Inc, Sound Publishing, Inc., Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, and American City Business Journals are leading firms in the industry. Reporters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Mergermarket, where the average salary comes to $54K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, American City Business Journals, and Gannett Co Inc, where Reporters typically earn around $37K, $36K, or $30K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Sound Publishing, Inc. ($28K), Lee Enterprises Inc ($29K), and Gannett Co Inc ($30K).

Popular Skills for Reporter


Survey takers working as Reporters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and News Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 7 percent, and 6 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Reporters bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,610

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

Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Reporters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+40 percent), Atlanta (+35 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), and Seattle (+33 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

Reporter Reviews

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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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Reporting
up arrow 7%

News Writing
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 2%

up arrow 7%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

writing
up arrow 9%

Interviewing
up arrow 12%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 24%

Photography
up arrow 24%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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