Reporter Salary

Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Reporters (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,258 - $67,156
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$67K
MEDIAN: $37,754
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$9.98 - $20.76
(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
$24,258 - $67,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
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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$23,084 - $63,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 812
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $20.76  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $32.84  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
   
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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$23,084 - $63,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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


Lee Enterprises Inc, American City Business Journals, Gannett Co Inc, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, and Mergermarket are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Reporters. For Reporters, comfortable salaries can be found at Mergermarket; in fact, median earnings sit around $51K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Reporter


Reporters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Reporting, Reporting, and News Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 76 percent, 18 percent, and 17 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. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Reporters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. On average, Reporters make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Reporters that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+37 percent), Seattle (+37 percent), New York (+35 percent), and San Diego (+33 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Reporting
up arrow 18%

News Writing
up arrow 17%


Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

writing
up arrow 10%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Interviewing
up arrow 14%

Research
up arrow 20%

Photography
up arrow 24%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 27%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
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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