Reporters in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Reporters. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Women make up the majority of Reporters (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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|Bonus||$242.40 - $7,946|
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|Hourly Rate||$9.96 - $19.11|
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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.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.
Common Career Paths for Reporter
Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter
Gannett Co Inc, Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, American City Business Journals, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc are top-notch employers for Reporters in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, NBC News offers the most; Reporters earn $68K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Mergermarket, American City Business Journals, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, top-paying firms where Reporters rake in a comfortable $54K, $42K, or $38K, respectively.
Employees at Sound Publishing, Inc., Lee Enterprises Inc, and Gannett Co Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $27K, $29K, and $33K.
Popular Skills for Reporter
Survey results imply that Reporters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Fortunate workers who know Financial Reporting command much higher paychecks, 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. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of 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
Surpassing the national average by 63 percent, Reporters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+45 percent), Los Angeles (+40 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and Miami (+29 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.
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