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Reporter Salary

Reporters in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geographic location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Reporters (62 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,335 - $67,686
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$68K
MEDIAN: $37,926
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$10.06 - $20.71
(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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,335 - $67,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,379  
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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$23,267 - $64,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 771
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
$10.06 - $20.71  
   
Overtime
$14.61 - $33.22  
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 - $4,379  
   
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).
)
$23,267 - $64,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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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


Reporters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Mergermarket, where the average salary comes to $51K.

Popular Skills for Reporter


Reporters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and Blogging are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 73 percent, 18 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Photography and Research also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Reporters. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Reporters, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Reporters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+43 percent), Washington (+38 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and New York (+33 percent).

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Reporting
up arrow 18%

Blogging
up arrow 14%


Online Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 2%

up arrow 5%

Multimedia
up arrow 9%

writing
up arrow 11%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Interviewing
up arrow 14%

Research
up arrow 20%

Photography
up arrow 22%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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