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Reporter Salary

Those pursuing careers as Reporters in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Reporters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$24,202 - $66,239
(Median)
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38K
49K
66K
MEDIAN: $37,557
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$10.06 - $21.22
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,202 - $66,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$23,161 - $63,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $21.22  
   
Overtime
$14.21 - $33.38  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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).
)
$23,161 - $63,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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 87 percent, 22 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Research and Photography also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Reporters see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Reporters, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+48 percent), Washington (+38 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), and San Francisco (+30 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 87%

Reporting
up arrow 22%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 15%

Blogging
up arrow 15%


Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

up arrow 5%

Multimedia
up arrow 8%

writing
up arrow 11%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 11%

Interviewing
up arrow 13%

Photography
up arrow 24%

Research
up arrow 25%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%