Reporter Salary (United States)

More than half of Reporters report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $34,362 per year on average. Compensation generally starts at $23,085 and does not exceed $63,916 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and about half get vision insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Reporters (59 percent). Most Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Reporter Salary (?
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$24,247 - $66,914
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MEDIAN: $37,076
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Reporter Salary (?
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$10.08 - $20.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,247 - $66,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
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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$23,085 - $63,916  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 546
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $20.94  
   
Overtime
$13.98 - $34.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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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$23,085 - $63,916  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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 Skills for Reporter

Reporters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and Blogging are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 116 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Research and Photography also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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.
For many but not all Reporters, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Salaries can reach $39K from $31K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $45K. Even after two decades, Reporters continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Seattle
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San Diego
up arrow 38%
San Francisco
up arrow 32%
Houston
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Los Angeles
up arrow 16%
Chicago
up arrow 15%
San Antonio
up arrow 11%
Denver
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National Average
$34,000
Phoenix
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Boston
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Dallas
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Reporters, 110 percent above the national average. Seattle, San Diego, Washington, and San Francisco are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Reporters earning around 50 percent, 38 percent, 38 percent, and 32 percent more than average. Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Boston and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-3 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 116%
Reporting
up arrow 20%
Social Media Optimization
up arrow 16%
Blogging
up arrow 16%
Video Editing
up arrow 4%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%
Online Research
up arrow 2%
National Average
$34,000
up arrow 5%
Multimedia
up arrow 7%
writing
up arrow 11%
Interviewing
up arrow 12%
Photography
up arrow 23%
Research
up arrow 25%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%
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