Reporter Salary

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.

$23,994 - $68,898
$24K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,327
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$9.96 - $19.11
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$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,994 - $68,898  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $7,946  
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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$22,784 - $63,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $19.11  
   
Overtime
$14.51 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$242.40 - $7,946  
   
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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$22,784 - $63,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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 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

National Average: $34,955

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries

▲43%

▲26%

▲24%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


▼0%

National Average
$35,000




▼3%



Interviewing
▼6%

Multimedia
▼8%

▼10%

▼12%


Research
▼20%

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 20%
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